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Manufactured In America | Hapiness Is A Side Effect Of Meaning

Manufactured In America | Hapiness Is A Side Effect Of Meaning

Manufactured In America | Hapiness Is A Side Effect Of Meaning

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Consider the lilies of the field
How they grow
They toil not
Neither do they spin
And yet I say unto you
That even Solomon in all his glory
Was not arrayed
Like one of these
Wherefore if God so clothe the grass of the field
Which today is and tomorrow is cast in the oven
Shall he not
Much more
Clothe you?
It's like what happens at the beginning of the story of Pinocchio is that Jepetto
Wishes on a star
So what Jepetto does is align himself with the metaphorical manifestation of the highest good he can conceptualize
He aims
At the star
For him the star is the possibility that he can take his creation
A puppet whose strings are being pulled by unseen forces
And have it transform into something that's autonomous and real
Well, that's a hell of an ambition
You know and we're wise enough to put that into a children's movie, but too foolish to understand what it means
It’s such an interesting juxtaposition that we can both know that, and not know it at the same time
[Intro]
Therefore take no thought for the morrow
For the morrow shall take thought for the things of itself
Sufficient unto the day is the evil thereof

I spent a long time trying to figure out what that meant too
Because it's another one of those lines that can easily be read as
Pro-grasshopper and anti-ant
Remember the old fable of the grasshopper and the ant? Maybe not
I'm not going to tell it, but the ant works
The grasshopper fiddles
The ant has a pretty good time in the winter, and the grasshopper dies
And so this is like a pro-grasshopper line, but it's not
It says something else, it says that if you orient yourself properly
And then pay attention to what you do every day, that works
That works
That works
That works
I'm quite enamored of lobsters as some of you might know
Because I found out
This just blew me away when I found it out
Just exactly how much continuity there was in the neural chemistry of human beings, and the neural chemistry of animals
Absolutely staggering
It's the sort of thing that makes the fact of evolution something like self evident
Random mutation, natural selection is the only way you can solve the problem of how to deal with an environment that's
Complex beyond your ability to comprehend
To generate endless variance, because God only knows what the hell's gonna happen next
They'll almost all of them die because they're failures and a couple will propagate
And you know, the environment keeps moving around like a giant snake
You never know what it's gonna do next
And so, the best you can do is say, “Well,”
“Here's 30 things that might work” and
You know 28 of them are gonna perish
Anyways, back to the lobsters
Okay, so here's a problem
There's a big problem here
The problem is it's true

[Chorus]
You're oppressed, you're oppressed, you're oppressed
You're oppressed, you're oppressed, you're oppressed
You're oppressed, you're oppressed, you're oppressed
You're oppressed, you're oppressed, you're oppressed
God only knows why
You're oppressed, you're oppressed, you're oppressed
You're oppressed, you're oppressed, you're oppressed
You're oppressed, you're oppressed, you're oppressed
You're oppressed, you're oppressed, you're oppressed
(God only knows why)

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