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Self

Steven Wilson has a new song out that I dig. “Self”

The video is strange and thought provoking.

Jon Blestein writing for Rolling Stone – Quotes Wilson:

Self’ is about our new age of narcissism and self-obsession, one in which a human race that used to look out with curiosity at the world and the stars now spends much of its time gazing at a little screen to see themselves reflected back in the mirror of social media.

So few artists make social commentary that has a bite any longer.

Perhaps, I am missing most of it due to the fact I am an middle aged white dude who truly does not understand or enjoy modern rap and hip hop which I think is where most of the action is these days. I miss the days of Public Enemy.

This song along with my interest in developing a deeper life made me think about Huxley’s Brave New World.

From Pioneerleadership’s Blog

The “Brave New World” denizens were plied with pleasure, distraction, advertisement and intoxicating drugs to lull them into complacency, a world of perfect consumerism, with lower classes doing all the work for an elite.

I wonder where a citizen would find pleasure, distraction, advertisement and consumerism all in one device?

PS: Here are the lyrics to “Self”

Self-help and self-aware Self-made millionaire Turn it up and tone it down Entertain like a fucking clown

Self-image and self-belief Selfish acts between the sheets Self has no sense of tact Self is too self-detached

We are self, the self that loves itself now We are self, I only see myself now

Self-absorbed and self-obsessed If not me then someone else Self sees a billion stars But still can only self-regard

We are self, the self that loves itself now We are self, I only see myself now

(I am the universe)

We are self, the self that loves itself now We are self, I only see myself now

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