Theme Song

Question of the Day, November 19, 2011 if you were asked “What is your Theme song?” how would you reply?

If you were asked ” What is your Theme song? ” how would you reply?

Shine on You Crazy Diamond
Remember when you were young, you shone like the sun.
Shine on you crazy diamond.
Now there’s a look in your eyes, like black holes in the sky.
Shine on you crazy diamond.
You were caught on the crossfire of childhood and stardom,
blown on the steel breeze.
Come on you target for faraway laughter,
come on you stranger, you legend, you martyr, and shine!

You reached for the secret too soon, you cried for the moon.
Shine on you crazy diamond.
Threatened by shadows at night, and exposed in the light.
Shine on you crazy diamond.
Well you wore out your welcome with random precision,
rode on the steel breeze.
Come on you raver, you seer of visions,
come on you painter, you piper, you prisoner, and shine!


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Hi Victoria,

Interesting video.
Amazing graphics.
82 Million hits is significant.

I find it a little disturbing, because it is clearly founded in the paradigm of right/wrong (good/evil) and it is also great in a sense, because it pushes that paradigm to its logical limits, which may encourage some to see those limits and break free of them.

In another sense, it is all illusion.

Yes we are all born the way we are, and the thing that most people never get is that right/wrong (good/evil or whatever binary valuation system someone has) are not attributes of reality, but attributes of the mind that we project on reality.
Reality just is – what it is, and what it isn’t, when it is and when it isn’t.

Seeing that, often takes something.

Seeing it is the second big step on the infinite road to enlightenment (the first step having been creating the binary distinction in the first instance).

So yes – we are each born the way we are, in many different senses, and we each have choice, and the possibility of transcending our beginnings.

What I dislike about the Lady Gaga video is a lack of indication that transcendence is possible or desirable in any sense. It seems to me to be more of a “here’s the trap and you’re in it” sort of statement – with no indication that there is any way out.

The trick, if there is one, is to see that the trap is all of your own making, and unmake it.

As Hamlet says (Act 2 scene 2) “Why, then, ’tis none to you; for there is nothing either good or bad, but thinking makes it so: to me it is a prison.”

Or as The Matrix says:
Spoon boy: Do not try and bend the spoon. That’s impossible. Instead… only try to realize the truth.
Neo: What truth?
Spoon boy: There is no spoon.
Neo: There is no spoon?
Spoon boy: Then you’ll see, that it is not the spoon that bends, it is only yourself.

I love the Matrix, the way that it is metaphor upon metaphor upon metaphor.

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