I think that what went wrong with religion is the same thing that went wrong with politics. Is that it became too money based and too controlling. It's just a weakness that we human beings have for control - we want one thing and then we want more and then we want more.
We obviously need more love in the world. And we obviously need more compassion and understanding. Our leaders need to really address these issues properly now.
My perspective is that you should be IN the world, but not OF the world.
We're going to war again, another cycle. It's like a high-tech version of the Roman Empire all over again. We won't break these cycles until we start going inside and questioning our own selves - we keep looking outside for answers, when really the solution and the answers are inside us all.
Even if we are dead we help each other in some little way.
I think people are turning inward more now cause the world's got in such a weird, crazy state. I think its making people think more about their life and what it is really that they are doing. And how do we interact with a world that's going crazy? It's a very important time.
People that have had genuine abduction experiences that I've met that seem very genuine to me, but they're just confused about why it happened. I've met a lot of people like which I regard as being very genuine... but there's a lot of crazy people out there.
The book that I'm writing - it's to do with my life as a musician and writer and the spiritual side of my life.
I don't like people telling me what to do, or trying to MAKE me write songs.
Working with the Kinks, there always seemed to be some kind of automatic process at work. Ray and I had this telepathy happening for a long time, where one of us always knew what the other could do with something.
A lot of people that embark on spiritual endeavors tended to, especially in the '60s and '70s, they tended to give up what they had before and cut themselves off from their lives, previous life as it were. But, I don't think that one should do that.
Ray is very secretive about his ideas - why not, the times that the Kinks have been ripped off, especially in the early years, it makes you a little bit cautious about telling anybody what you're doing. And that's understandable.
I love playing live now more than ever. I enjoy it, I think it keeps you young.
I think there's been a big problem between religion, or organized religion, and spirituality.
Good rock music always tends to be around.