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pondering the mysteries, simplicity, and humor of life

Thursday, June 17, 2004

Truths from Radiohead

If you haven't noticed, I changed my title page's name to "No Alarms and No Suprises, Please." Radiohead sings this song on their OK Computer album. I like this song because it accsensuates their entire album by concerning itself with a busy and comfortable human heart that is full of waste as a landfill and is happy to settle for the quiet life, the poisonous fumes and a life of no alarms and no surprises please. It seems that at the end of the day a pretty house and a pretty garden and no suprises are the desires of the day. It is almost as if we are handed a sentence unaware, then hating the stale walls of our prison, and finally getting used to them as the only way it can be. As Red, Andy Dufrain's cell-mate in the movie Shawshank Redemption said, "At first you hate these walls, then you accept them, and eventually you become dependent on them."

I pray that we don't allow life to trap us into its monotonous haze. That we don't ask for any alarms or suprises. Let us not make our life, our country a hotel civilization obsessed with comfort and convenience and contentment.