The invisible hand is an iron first, helpless. This distress merits unrest, but a shot in the dark is aimless. This is an entity, a pent up energy. Dissidence will not concede to this homogeny. Dissidence will not concede, to this uniformity. Dissidence will not concede that our dreams can't be realities. Freedom isn't my ability to cope with this predestiny, to choose where I get a degree, or where I spend 40 hours a week.
They commodified the air I breathe, and everything that my eyes see--but I've built walls, I've built walls all around me. They're not getting through to me, no--not getting through. If we can only strive to subsist, if we believe that we can't make a difference, if we believe our dreams are is an empty promise. Life's not an empty promise.

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    General CommentDo you ever feel like certain aspects of your life are out of your hands? This song is about chasing your dreams despite the obstacles that must be overcome along the way. It is about subverting social "norms" in the pursuit of a true happiness that money can't buy and you that won't see on TV. It is about rejecting the notion that we must forfeit our dreams, our happiness, to satisfy social expectations; that we must commodify ourselves to be successful; that our value or self worth is determined by financial success and how we look on paper. It is about rejecting the notion that materialism equals happiness; that we can be pacified, that our dissent can be squelched. It is about the dissident energy that resides in all of us that begs us to take control of our lives rather than be subservient to a system. Is life worth living just for the sake of living?

    -Duncan, member of Flashbulb Memory.
    The Drifton March 05, 2007   Link

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