Saturday, November 27, 2004

Two Different Views

Ladybug and I were without the kid today (she went to visit Grandma's house, but there were no woods or wolves). My original plan was to go see The Fixx in town at a venue called Barracuda. For a variety of reasons, we talked ourselves out of it (sorry Cy and co.). We decided instead to have a quiet dinner and then hung out at the bookstore. Back home, I am listening to a collection of music from The Fixx. I came across one tune called Two Different Views that seemed strangely appropriate to the former life of this weblog:

Big ideals I can't suppress
Little lies I can't detect
Through pleasure, pain, delight and wonder
But there's the rub of irony
Where the indecision slices me
From high of highs to depths of sorrow
There will always be.

Two different views of the same thing
Two many views that can collide
There will always be two different views
Too many views with loaded pride.

Emotions sway from side to side
Devotion preys upon my pride
Will I respect the winner in the battle for my mind
Jealousies and dumb regrets
Wasting time just beckons death
Here today and gone tomorrow
There will always be.

Two different views of the same thing
Two many views that can collide
There will always be two different views
Too many views with loaded pride.

As I stray from either side
Too confused to fantasize
Like a judge who needs forgiveness.

Is there peace for two as one
What divides, be undone
Regain the pulse of what was priceless
There will always be.

There will always be two different views
Too many views with loaded pride.

Of course, if I wanted to cause controversy, I could point to The Fixx's We Once Held Hands lyrics, but I won't.


Seymour said...

You know, I just got done watching "Back to the Future 2" and was struck by the same thing. The first movie is a fun little romp with time travel, its got some clever scenes and helpfully directs the viewer towards the value of good over evil.

But man, the second movie gets really heavy, really quick. I mean it shows a future hell for poor Marty, and it basically rewrites the whole first movie, showing key scenes from an entirely diffent timeline.

I'm not suggesting that Temporal Agents move amongst us, but its rather interesting that a Hollywood Fluff series could point out the rather ominous dramas which take place beyond our ken.

Perhaps sci-fi's (lower-case) extensive use of time travel is an expression of, or at least a cry for help in this intricate Universe we find ourselves in. Without a God figure to fall back on we have to make up other explanations.

But really, I feel humanity has just gotten ahead of ourselves. I sense a constant Global identity crisis waxing and waning as certain as the local tides. We are a race of monkeys with swollen frontal cortexes wondering what the hell to do with them. When you throw 6 billion such creatures together, there's gonna be some confusion.

Not trying to Grandstand here, but it'd be nice if there were just two view points to every problem. Its more likely there are 6 billion. Since there is no "right" it doesn't make everybody wrong, it just makes a bunch of people who diagree. Which doesn't really help much, does it?

Anonymous said...

Philrod Piddlewaif:

You have no right to say there's no right, my dear Seymour, but it's inconsequential.

The Moody Minstrel said...

Actually, I think overuse of the time travel schtick was what made "Voyager" wear thin and "Enterprise" quickly go from "interesting premise" to "change the friggin' channel".

Rick Berman, generally known as the guy that wrecked Star Trek, clearly went out of his way to make it a feel-good, touchy-feely, humans-are-so-special thing. Since time travel seems to be a central part of that, I guess what we have is a desperate attempt to reassure people that we are in charge of our own fates. People fear the future (or the past) so much that they have to try to fool themselves into believing that mankind can somehow go there and fix it. We cannot handle the idea that things are beyond our control.

(Sounds kind of like my father-in-law, but I digress...)

Is it any wonder that religious fundamentalism is on the rise? People have a tendency to be devout only when they think the being they worship will give them what they pray for.

Heck, most Japanese will tell you they are strict secular humanists (materialists? capitalists? exhibitionists?), but they still go to a shrine or temple to pray whenever they want something. It's as if the spirits of Earth (Shinto) and Heaven (Buddhism) were vending machines or something. Throw your coin into the offering box, clap your hands, and PRESTO! Instant fate!

When's the last time I heard a song by The Fixx, anyway?

ladybug said...

I think in general, people are living in fear; the rise of fundamentalism is in every religion (Hindu, Muslim, Christian, Jewish, etc.). Technology has brought us to the point of serious ethical decisions (medical, environmental, and most importantly, militarial). The worsening economy intensifys the anxiety people are feeling. Society wants it all to be easy, cut and dried, "GIVE US A FORMULA!". It's a philosophical crisis that won't go away, and history seems to favor the extremists (see my snabbynews email on Hypatia). Like the French say, "Que sera, sera".

Seymour said...

People have to realize that nobody knows nuthin, and vote accordingly.

The thing that drove me away from the new 'Enterprise' series was the continued and blatant abuse of time travel (not to mention the hot vulcan/human love scenes). Can writing sci-fi plot lines be that hard?

Vulgarius said...


It makes me take a second look at being "doomed to repeat history". History seems to repeat itself whether or not we know. Technology adds a new dynamic to the equation. So does religion. Both have offered the promise and potential for helping as well as and outlet to keep things from completely melting down. But, both have demonstrated its misuse by making it worse for everyone at times.

Man I hate those time warp episodes!