Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Rush and Ayn Rand

Rush has always been one of my favorite rock bands. I had a chance to reevaluate their songs recently after my oldest son dug up some of my old CDs. Suddenly it came to my mind that 2112 sounded pretty Randian...

Well, I was not wrong. It doesn't only sound Randian, it is heavily inspired by Ayn Rand's Anthem! Here's a passage:
...'The massive grey walls of the Temples rise from the heart of every Federation city. I have always been awed by them, to think that every single facet of every life is regulated and directed from within! Our books, our music, our work and play are all looked after by the benevolent wisdom of the priests...'
We've taken care of everything
The words you hear, the songs you sing
The pictures that give pleasure to your eyes
It's one for all and all for one
We work together, common sons
Never need to wonder how or why
We are the Priests of the Temples of Syrinx
Our great computers fill the hallowed halls
We are the Priests, of the Temples of Syrinx
All the gifts of life are held within our walls
Look around at this world we've made
Equality our stock in trade
Come and join the Brotherhood of Man
Oh, what a nice, contented world
Let the banners be unfurled
Hold the Red Star proudly high in hand
A pretty good depiction of a world under totalitarian rule. Here's a cool video of the song:

1 comment:

Fernando said...

Unhappilly, the world is going ahead on this road of insanity and lacking of individual indentity. I'm concerned about the imminent collapse of the western civilization and, oonsequently, of human freedom a we know it. Anyone who reachs the leavings of this collapse,ideologic or religious fundamentalism, we'll be in the worst of the worlds.
I'm sorrow about my kids.