Saturday, May 15, 2010

Sunday Questions (3)

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Grrr.....
I am mad.
At myself.
This happens a lot more often than you might think.
But today, I am mad because I didn't post yesterday. And because yesterday was the 15th. I should have posted yesterday. But I didn't.
Grrrrr....
Just so you know, I have unofficially made every 15th VWRP day.
I should have posted yesterday.

Enough self hatred.
Today is Sunday.
Which means that I have a question.

BACKGROUND: Have you heard of Nine Inch Nails? They're a band, in case you don't know who they are. Anyways, they have a song called The Hand That Feeds.
They lyrics are:

You're keeping in step, in the line
Got your chin held high
And you feel just fine
'Cause you do what you're told
But inside your heart it is black
And it's hollow and it's cold

Just how deep do you believe?
Will you bite the hand that feeds?
Will you chew until it bleeds?
Can you get up off your knees?
Are you brave enough to see?
Do you wanna change it?

What if this whole crusade's a charade?
And behind it all there's a price to be paid
For the blood which we dine
Justified in the name of the holy and the divine

Just how deep do you believe?
Will you bite the hand that feeds?
Will you chew until it bleeds?
Can you get up off your knees?
Are you brave enough to see?
Do you want to change it?

So naive
I keep holding on to what I want to believe
I can see
But I keep holding on and on and on and on

Will you bite the hand that feeds you?
Will you stay down on your knees?

Will you bite the hand that feeds you?
Will you stay down on your knees?

Will you bite the hand that feeds you?
Will you stay down on your knees?

Will you bite the hand that feeds you?
Will you stay down on your knees?

Will you bite the hand that feeds you?
Will you stay down on your knees?

Will you bite the hand that feeds you?
Will you stay down on your knees?

Will you bite the hand that feeds you?
Will you stay down on your knees?

Will you bite the hand that feeds you?
Will you stay down on your knees?

Now, I wanna talk about the verse in red.
What if this whole crusade's a charade?
And behind it all there's a price to be paid
For the blood which we dine
Justified in the name of the holy and the divine


Now, put it back in context.

This song, to me, seems to be talking about rebelling. Against what you're told. Against what you know. Because they could all be lies. You never know.
The hand that feeds. It's asking, "Will you bite the hand that feeds?" What is this hand that they are talking about? It could be anyone. Anything. It's the hand that tells you this and that. The hand the may be feeding you lies. Make sense? So, will you bite this hand? Will you stand up for yourself? "Will you bite the hand that feeds? Will you stay down on your knees?"
Does that make sense?

Now, thats the whole song. But what about the part with the crusades?

QUESTION: What do you think that part MEANS?

I get the song. That parts confuses me. What does it have to do with the rest of the song? Out of context, and based on the words, I would say it has something to do with the Crusades being wrong. What if it was a charade? As in, what if it's all fake? Not real. A deception. But what about the rest of the song?

So, there you go. I'm sorry about not posting yesterday.
Happy late VWRP day!
Have a good writing day!
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7 comments:

  1. My interpretation is that "crusade" does not refer to the historical Crusades of the middle ages, but to a modern "holy war" being waged against some group (or country?) who is seen as an evil, godless threat. Perhaps the threat is radical Islam or perhaps it's the "cultural war" enemy as defined by the Extreme Right -- liberals, feminists, gays, etc. Or perhaps something entirely different!

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  2. That makes a lot more sense. And it would make the song more general. It could be about anything the pushes for this thing and this thing only. They aren't open minded enough to see the truth.

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  3. So many associate the religion with Christ. So many use the crusades as a tool to criticize those that believe. I chose to acknowledge the divine by worship...on my knees. I understand those that do rebel against God because of the people who "claim" to serve God.
    Saul Alinsky who wrote Rules for Radicals which those currently in power like to use as a guideline for governing give homage to whom he refers to as the very first radical...Lucifer.
    God declares that rebellion is as the sin of witchcraft. Jesus was a radical, but not against God. He was a radical against the worldly system of pride, religion, hate and all that was self center.

    If (which I do believe) Jesus is God incarnate (in the flesh) and God is love, then Jesus is the embodiment of love. He is love in the flesh. So my faith is in Him. I seek to get to know Him better. What He did. How He did it. Who He associated with. Who He criticized. Funny. Religious history and crusades have nothing to do with how Jesus would have done anything.

    Just some thoughts. I refuse to defend religion. I instead chose to life Jesus up. As Jesus once said, "If I be lifted up, I'll draw men unto me." Let us celebrate the Light. Let us lift up Jesus. Not religion. Not success. Not self.

    JEEZ...I'm rambling again.

    Be blessed. Be a blessing.
    DJ GlenMC
    I still so loves me some Pink Floyd.

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  4. You see that makes sense, too. I don't necessarily think that this song is rebelling against God, though. Or Jesus. I think it's jsut rebelling in general. I did a little bit of research (after I posted). The song is supposed to be a verbal attack on the United States government. Something about the Bush Administration and its foreign policy.
    ""The Hand That Feeds" is a verbal attack on the United States Government, specifically the Bush Administration and its foreign policy, but can be interpreted as speaking out against abusive authority in general."
    -Wolfie

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  5. That's some pretty deep thinking, Wolfie. I don't know enough about Trent Reznor's philosophies to make a judgement about what he is saying, but I don't think he is an especially exceptional role model to follow either.

    Keep on thinking and asking questions and checking sources.

    Tio Lee

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  6. and I think the first line “you”re keeping in step, your keeping in line” could even refer to Nazi Germany and comparing any war mongers with that...chin held up...Picture soldiers marching, from any country. Going to war for what...For their betterment. or that of the country. or for the rich that rule the country. World War II had to be fought..we had to go in there. This war...well, what are we fighting for..

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  7. to me its intensely personal..... it strikes something inside me that rings true...

    enjoyed the journey your post took me on.

    so much for keeping in line...

    best, Green MONKey

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