Windows of the Soul

Anders Behring Breivik, AFP/Ghetty Images

Looking at this photograph of Anders Behring Breivik in The Montreal Gazette this morning — with his dead, soulless eyes bearing testimony to his own description of how he deliberately went about making himself inhuman, orc-like, the very picture of nihilism — I was reminded of a song by the Canadian folk rock band Spirit of the West called “Pin-up Boy”


It’s too, it’s too bright in here
It’s way too bright in here
With a staple gun and a can of paste
We’ll paper the streets with your face
wall to wall, pole to pole
Let the welcome wagon roll
we will manage your exposure
Press release with full disclosure
Holding back the front page for
the face that locked a thousand doors now you’re a…

…Pin-Up Boy, oooo a pin-up boy
Recognized in every bar
Every playground, every car

I’m out of alignment pulling right
A contradiction in this fight
I have two wheels running on the shoulder
All a part of getting older

Should I keep at the foot of my children’s bed
teeth on a leash kept underfed
They’re raising a racket at the rifle range
I’ve half a mind to take my aim at the…

Pin-up boy, oooo pin-up boy
Up in arms and growing bolder
Every citizen a soldier
The Pin-Up boy, aww pin-up boy
Believe the hype and the attention
necks grow red at every mention

You, (yes you) I saw you on the air (yes you)
crying it’s not fair (yes you)
camera’s here and everywhere
For you (yes you) and all the time you’ve done (yes you)
will ease the minds of none (yes you)
Your sentencing has just beguuuuuun oooh oooh yah

Loses something, perhaps, without the soundtrack. But a bit of the soundtrack is posted for listening here

 

3 responses to “Windows of the Soul”

  1. Scott Preston says :

    Just a remark about the lyrics here. What I find kind of interesting about them is how the lyricist feels drawn into the orbit of the evil he otherwise finds repellant and abhorrent. That’s contained in the couple of lines that run,

    I’m out of alignment pulling right
    A contradiction in this fight
    I have two wheels running on the shoulder
    All a part of getting older

    He feels the Jekyll and Hyde contradiction of his response to the evil. He is, in other words, being drawn by its gravity into its orbit despite himself, becoming “out of alignment”.

    That’s the true meaning of the spiritual “wiles” or “snares and lures” and seductions of the Mephistophelian. Nietzsche had a very similar view, “When one goes to fight monsters, one best take care not to become a monster oneself”. One thinks one is doing or being “good” in a quest to destroy evil. But in so doing, one has already been, unawares, fully compromised and assimilated by the nihilism of the Mephistophelian spirit itself. The “dark side” wins when it gets you to adopt its own attitudes or means. This is how Sauron, in The Lord of the Rings, seduced the elves and perverted them into orcs. This is Breivik’s own strategy in attempting to draw others into his orbit.

  2. amothman33 says :

    It is a very wise reminder. To be on the alert all the time.Our I is always being pulled either to the God or to the world. Why are we being asked to bear witness to the One, to pursue a unified path away from the misleading ramifications of the world.It is a pinned up culture to whatever that depart from the unified truth.I feel only faith can take us out of the vertigo of the ever expanding knowledge.Let us not be ashamed to call the ever present origin or nowness or stllness or any other coined names by God.It is back again to the question of detachment and attachment, it is to which pin your pin is going to pin up.

    • Scott Preston says :

      Let us not be ashamed to call the ever present origin or nowness or stllness or any other coined names by God

      That is a good way to put it.

      I’m in Vancouver presently, and will be for a couple of weeks. I’ll try to check in on the Chrysalis while I’ here. But if I don’t get around to responding promptly to comments or replies, you’ll perhaps understand why.

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