[Text for the visually impaired: “Angels on the sideline, baffled and confused. Father blessed them all with reason, and this is what they choose.” Tool, “Right in Two” on a graphic of soldiers’ helmets above destruction and piles of soldier helmets]
Something a little different for today. No particularly wise thought that lifts me up when I need it, but rather something that seems so poignant every time I hear it.
Today’s “Something” comes from Tool’s album 10,000 Days, released some 12 years ago.
I have the album on random shuffle in my car. In order it falls somewhere between Once More with Feeling and Koko Taylor’s The Earthshaker.
So, it’s appropriate somehow.
It came up a few times this week, and so it sat with me for the better part of a week.
And then I read about the combined strike on Syria. It’s not often that words utterly elude me, but right now is one of those times.
“Fight ’til they die over wind, over sky
They fight over life, over prayer, over air and light
Over love, over sun, over another
They fight though they die over words polarizing.”**
How is it that beings with reason (allegedly–the jury’s been out on that one), time and time and time again choose violence rather than aid? We’ll bomb your country, but we won’t help you to flee from the very regime that we’re punishing?
How is it that beings with reason* (see above) can’t seem to accomplish anything but perpetuating the cycle of war?
You can hear the entire song here, and I highly recommend it.
[Credit: Lyrics: Both in graphic and in **text from “Right in Two” from 10,000 Days, Tool.