Modern Music and Militant Materialism

originally published February 26, 2019

Talk about an alliteration, eh? I have been listening to my new favorite song, “Superposition” by Young the Giant, a lot lately, but having difficulty with a few of the lyrics – particularly the first lines:

“I don’t believe in fate, no psychic vision…”

Now I do love pretty much all of the other lines in the song, absolutely love all the quantum physics and cosmology terminology. But those first few lines get me, because I do believe in a form of fate, and I certainly would like to believe in psychic vision. I realized that a number of popular new songs out these days have patently negative messages. I was going to list a number of them, but they are so numerous, it seems almost pointless.

But for the sake of example, here are some lines from another song I really like right now:

“I keep on running backwards, I keep on losing faith
I thought I had the answers, I thought I knew the way ” from “Make it Up as I Go” by Mike Shinoda.

Now to be certain, one can’t expect everything to be all roses and smiles all the time. And it wouldn’t be honest art if it didn’t reference the tough times, the difficult feelings, the sadness and tears as well as the joy and laughter. But I believe words do have power, and I believe that the constant repeating of words or phrases can affect our minds, moods and attitudes (hey, that rhymed! Lol) I remember back in ’89-90 when I was living with Willie, he would catch me singing “I still haven’t found what I’m looking for,” and he would encourage me to changed the lyrics to “I still have IT found…” He was a huge proponent of positive thought and positive affirmation. And while I had kinda’ forgotten about it for a while, it’s coming to the forefront of my consciousness again now. I want to be more careful about what I tell myself.

Now it has me thinking, wondering, if there isn’t something bigger involved – (warning: possible whacky conspiracy stuff that may or not be true, but likely has some element of truth to it coming up) in the creation, dissemination and popularity of music with such messages. I’ve been reading a lot about magick, egregores, collective unconscious, etc lately, and it has brought back thoughts I used to have about “black mentalists” and those people in power who like to maintain control of the masses to maintain their power. And I honestly believe those people are compelled to do things by forces beyond their knowledge or understanding. Of course, they may just be completely ignorant or uncaring, or truly selfish and aware of what they are doing too. I guess I would hope it’s the former though, for their sake.

Whatever the case may be, I am being more careful about what I tell myself. I’m changing the lyrics in my head to “I believe in fate, in psychic vision,” and “I keep on moving forward, I keep on gaining faith, I know I know the answers, know I know the way.” If the mind is like a computer, which in many ways it is, one has to think that the programming we give it, which I believe words to be a major form of, has to have some kind of effect on it – especially when presented through a powerful medium such as music or spoken word. It’s not really so hard to program and control people because so many of us are completely unaware, uncaring, or unbelieving about how it all works. There is so much more to say about this, but concerning the title of this post – the trend in these tunes seems to be based on a similar theme: loss of faith, loss of belief – central tenets of hardcore materialism, the currently-ruling paradigm of our age.

But I and some others really hope to challenge and change that. I personally am strengthening my faith and gaining more hope by reading books by authors who share similar ideas and sentiments, and seeing posts on various sites by people from various disciplines who agree that the worship of materialism has gone too far, and we have lost something vital to being human – our faith, our belief, our imagination. I guess I’m hoping I get a chance to play my part in helping to spread the message of magick to counterbalance and even dismantle the militant materialism that is inundating our world.

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