"There’s a connectedness between everybody and we all breathe, we all eat, we all sleep and we all have an inner soul which enables us to do that. It’s all so obvious and natural. That’s a starting point, and that’s what we were actually (well, I was) attempting to promote through Crass. Yes, the lyrics of Crass were a lot to do with "the bomb" or "the State", but what I was saying was "look beneath all that, look beyond it, and where do you find yourself?" If you can do that, if you can find your soul, you connect with all humankind, with all of life.
We all exist in a day-to-day reality of lies and deceit, and nobody will ever make any sense of it. That’s why we need to allow for tenderness, for silence, for contemplation. We need to find our own soul within all this mess. We’ve let ourselves become commodities, pawns in the marketplace. The only way we can get out of that is to realise that our personality, the very thing we think we are, is no more than a costume of ideas. We all like to think we’re someone special, so we mouth the right words, dress up in the right gear, but it’s all projection, all so fucking irrelevant.
But for all that, I believe people want to connect. Deep down they’re tired of being no more than an idea of themselves. That’s why people look for more, that’s why they have sex, why they smoke dope, why they go on binges. They probably won’t find the answer that way, but all the same, they want to connect. People want to know that they’re alive, but let’s face it, in a consumer society, that’s no easy job.”
—Penny Rimbaud, You’re Not Punk