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  •  I like it too (1+ / 0-)
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    Lilith

    Tool has a great way to put it as well and they combine it with simply amazingly, awesome music.  This from Parabola:

    In this holy reality, in this holy experience
    Choosing to be here in...
    This body, this body holding me
    Be my reminder here that I am not alone in...
    This body, this body holding me, feeling eternal
    All this pain is an illusion

    Twirling round with this familiar parable
    Spinning, weaving round each new experience
    Recognize this as a holy gift and celebrate this chance to be alive and breathing
    A chance to be alive and breathing

    This body holding me reminds me of my own mortality
    Embrace this moment, remember, we are eternal
    All this pain is an illusion
    Lyrics from eLyrics.net

    The rest of the lyrics can be read here:  http://www.elyrics.net/...

    I think they also are very simpatico with Mr. Mendez's invocation and I think they mirror his thoughts with this lyric from Reflection:

    So crucify the ego, before it's far too late
    To leave behind this place so negative and blind and cynical,
    And you will come to find that we are all one mind
    Capable of all that's imagined and all conceivable.
    Just let the light touch you
    And let the words spill through
    And let them pass right through
    Bringing out our hope and reason ...
    before we pine away.

    We cannot solve our problems with the same thinking we used when we created them. Albert Einstein

    by theotherside on Thu May 23, 2013 at 06:43:13 AM PDT

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    •  That was unfamiliar to me. (0+ / 0-)

      Thanks.

      Being the single intellectual in a village of 1,100 souls ain't much fun, especially when 1,099 of those don't think you're all that smart.--Lucy Marsden

      by Miniaussiefan on Thu May 23, 2013 at 07:46:00 AM PDT

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      •  I'm not sure how much you know about Tool (0+ / 0-)

        but I, obviously, just love them to death.  They are hard to categorize as they are a mix of metal and progressive rock and I can understand how many people would not care for the "hardness" of their sound, especially the women that may still be reading this thread.

        But there is an undeniable beauty in work.  As they put it in Schism:

        "The poetry that comes from the squaring off between,
        And the circling is worth it
        Finding beauty in the dissonance

        There was a time that the pieces fit, but I watched them fall away
        Mildewed and smoldering, strangled by our coveting
        I've done the math enough to know the dangers of our second guessing
        Doomed to crumble unless we grow, and strengthen our communication"

        The music, the subject matter and the words are so dark and complex and yet so utterly filled with a pleading soulful hope.  They acknowledge the absolute worst that man is capable of and exhort us to work together to build a better future.    Yeah, they speak to me and I wish they had a wider audience.  (And I wish they would finish their next album....boys, it's been awhile.)

        We cannot solve our problems with the same thinking we used when we created them. Albert Einstein

        by theotherside on Thu May 23, 2013 at 03:46:27 PM PDT

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        •  Bless your heart, (0+ / 0-)

          I'm a 68-year-old person of the female persuasion. ;)

          But I'm still cool, just not cool enough to know who/what Tool is.

          Thanks for filling me in.

          Being the single intellectual in a village of 1,100 souls ain't much fun, especially when 1,099 of those don't think you're all that smart.--Lucy Marsden

          by Miniaussiefan on Thu May 23, 2013 at 04:21:14 PM PDT

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