Everything I Ever Needed To Know In Life, I Learned From Rush (The Band)

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I certainly have never learned anything of value from a certain pompous, bloated, hateful windbag.

Even if you do not care for the Canadian power trio’s music (though I cannot imagine why anyone would not), the lyrical brilliance of Neil Peart provides a treasure trove of poetry and aphorisms for the freethinker. The most recent Rush CD in particular, Snakes and Arrows, is largely a direct attack on the pernicious effects of religion.

In no particular order, and by no means an exhaustive list, here are twenty of Neil’s finest little nuggets of wisdom:

1. You won’t get wise with the sleep still in your eyes, no matter what your dream might be

2. Better the pride that resides in a citizen of the world, than the pride that divides when a colorful rag is unfurled

3. Ignorance and prejudice and fear walk hand in hand

4. I don’t believe in the stars or the planets, or angels watching from above, but I believe there’s a ghost of a chance we can find someone to love

5. I believe that what I’m feeling changes how the world appears

6. The ones we wish would hear us, have heard it all before

7. There is never love without pain

8. Why are we here? Because we’re here

9. Wheels can take you around, wheels can cut you down

10. You can fight without ever winning, but never ever win without a fight

11. You can twist perceptions; Reality won’t budge

12. Nature seems to spin a supernatural way

13. Let your heart be the anchor, and the beat of your own song

14. Live for yourself, there’s no one else more worth living for

15. Truth is after all a moving target, hairs to split and pieces that don’t fit

16. We are strangers to each other, each one’s life a novel no one else has read

17. There is a fine line between love and illusion

18. You can’t tell yourself not to care, you can’t tell yourself how to feel

19. Sometimes our big spashes are just ripples in the pool

20. I’ve got my own moral compass to steer by – a guiding star beats a spirit in the sky


3 Responses to “Everything I Ever Needed To Know In Life, I Learned From Rush (The Band)”

  1. Eric Alderman Says:

    Rush (the one on the left, obviously) helped me come out atheist. It was listening to them that engaged my emotions to the level necessary to admit what my logical self had already achieved.

    I don’t need gods. Neither do you 😉 Let’s live in reality together without the need for deluded thinking.


  2. Excellent line-up, S.A. Although my own list would leave out #14. That line, and in fact the entire song, is Randian nonsense. Both religion and secular humanism agree that living for others is the height of happiness, well-being, and negating systemic evil.

    For atheism to find a meaningful dialogue with religion, and (more importantly) for atheism to establish itself as a meaningful worldview option, it needs to let go of ideas that assert self-worship as the ultimate way to live.

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