Bruce (kor27) wrote,
Bruce
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Fuzzy Thinking

I realize none of us humans are particularly good at logical thinking, but occasionally something just... irritates me. And I'm going to share my irritation over Matisyahu's "One Day."

I can't fault the basic hope for a future filled with love, but let's start with:
then I pray
don't take me soon
cause I am here for a reason

Let's just look at this for a bit, eh? He's praying, to his God, to not take him because there's a reason he's alive. Apparently God didn't get the memo. In fact, the general implication is that there's a higher power above God (Fate, perhaps? He is one of the Endless) that has decreed a function for him.

I'm not sure why I have to pick on this, when the next lines are:
sometimes in my tears I drown
but I never let it get me down

Apparently he only drowns in happy tears. Or at least, neutral tears.

I believe this hits me harder than would other badly thought-out lyrics, because it seems to match very well with a standard set of behaviors - at least a standard set of Christian behaviors.

I mean, take prayer in general. God is supposedly omnipotent, omniscient, and benevolent (though Epicurus pointed out 350 years before Christ that the combination of those three is inconsistent with the observed world). Your god already knows what you want, knows what's best for everyone, and, let's face it, if He's doing His job, has already decided what should happen.

What's with the whole "begging Him to change His mind" bit? If not for the fact that, deep down, even true believers don't really believe their god is omniscient. There's information that God doesn't know. There are things He hasn't figured out yet.

And sometimes He just needs a good talking-to.
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