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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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People often ask me
Do you believe in God
I don't like that question
First of all, it's an attempt to box me in, in a sense
And the reason that it's an attempt to box me in is because the question is asked so that I can be firmly placed on one side of a
Of a binary argument
The reason I don't like to answer it is because, A, I don't like to be boxed in
And B, because I don't know what the person means by believe or God and they think they know
And the probability that they construe belief and construe God the same way I do is virtually zero
It's a question that doesn't work for me on multiple levels of analysis but strangely enough, just as we were talking, the answer to that question popped into my head

[Chorus]
I act as if God exists
I act as if God exists
I act as if God exists
I act as if God exists
I read this New Testament line
Decades ago
I could never understand it
The line is “The meek shall inherit the Earth” and I thought
There's something wrong with that, that line it just doesn't make sense to me
Meek just doesn't seem to me to be a moral virtue
Meek is not a good translation
What it means is this
Those who have swords and know how to use them
But keep them sheathed will inherit the world
Will inherit the world
Those who have swords and know how to use them
But keep them sheathed
Will inherit the world

That's a big difference, it's so great
You should be a monster
You should be a monster
What should move forward in time with me
And what should be let go
As if it's deadwood
The more deadwood that you let go of and burn off
When you have the opportunity
The less it accretes around you

[Chorus]
Deadwood
Deadwood
Deadwood
Deadwood

Here's something interesting about forest fires
People have been trying to prevent forest fires for a long time, it's because forest fires burn up the forest and that can't be good but here's what happens if you don't let forest fires burn
Forests collect a lot of dry branches, right 'cause tree branches die and wood falls on the forest floor and collects
The amount of flammable material keeps increasing with time
And that's not so bad if it's wet but if the amount of flammable material is increasing and it gets really dry and then it burns, then you have a real problem
The forest fire can burn so hot that it burns the top soil right off
In which case you don't have a forest at all anymore, you just have a desert
Bite off a little more than you can chew
You get stronger
And you do that in the gym
For example, when you go lift weights, you lift weights that are a little heavier all the time
And as a consequence, you develop yourself physically and you turn into
Who you could be, you turn into more than you are

[Chorus]
More than who – you are
(Who you could be)
More than who – you are
(More than you are)
More than who – you are
(Who you could be)
More than who – you are
(More than you are)

There's a mythological trope that I discuss fairly frequently about rescuing your father from the belly of the dragon
Or the belly of the beast
You see it in the Lion King
You see it when Simba is being initiated by the baboon and he ends up contemplating himself in a dark pool and then his father appears in the sky
And then in the Pinocchio story
When he's trying to become a genuine human being
Instead of a marionette pulled by other people's strings or a liar or a jackass 'cause those are his alternate destinies
He goes down to the darkest place he could find the bottom of the ocean and finds the biggest monster he can look at and inside he finds his father and then rescues him
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)

Maybe you're too short or you're not as beautiful as you could be
Or your grandparent was a serf
Likely, 'cause almost everybody's great grandparent was
And you know, you're not as smart as you could be, and you have a sick relative, and you have your own physical problem
Frankly, you're a mess
Frankly, you're a mess
And you're oppressed in every possible way, including your ancestry and your biology
The entire sum of human history has conspired to produce victimized you
With all your individual pathological problems
It's like yes
True!

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