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Thursday, September 2, 2010

Just Something to Ponder...

Why are we fascinated with the things that we fear? I'm terrified of clowns, for instance, but, at the same time, incredibly intrigued by them. Why is that?

The idea of our inherent fascinations with our fears crossed my mind today because of the lesson I received in English class. We were analyzing a song and its music video to understand the arguments it is making to us as well as the deeper meaning of both. The song is about a particularly poignant suicide, and it was plain that we were all a bit entranced by it.

Death is man's natural fear. Most everything that we fear, the irrational fears and the legitimate ones as well, whittle down to death in the end. And what death is more frightening than suicide? None. Why is it so frightening to us? Simply because it is a choice we could make at any moment. And yet, we are obsessed with it. Look at the number of novelists, poets, lyricists, directors, playwrights, and common, ordinary people who have been taken by a chilling obsession with the dark. It's a pretty interesting insight into the more hidden parts of our minds, isn't it?

By the way, the song is titled "Televators" and it is by The Mars Volta. It is from their album De-Loused in the Comatorium. Listen to the song, watch the video, and then read the back story. You might be just a little bit entranced yourself.

Sorry I was so brief today. It was more of a thought (a slightly macabre thought) than an entry. It may not have strengthened your coffee, but listen to the song and watch the video - because they probably will.

May your coffee be strong, your passions electric, and your laughter easy.
-Michael

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