I know this is an old thread but I’ve loved Rush since I was young, I’m a bass player and basically became very good by figuring out the bass parts. I’m familiar with every album
and used to think of their lyrics as philosophical. As my age advances and I trudge the road of happy destiny ever closer to the finish line I have given more thought to why we’re here and honestly I reject Peart’s theory of randomness.
I perceive there to be a growing anti-Christian bias in America, I am not a “good” Catholic, haven’t been to mass in a while, but I feel the need to defend people of any faith when they are attacked. It seems to me I hear less people of faith trying to “shove it down my throat” than I do atheists gleefully trying to tell believers about their “imaginary invisibe man”. I think it’s rather sick, I liken it to someone needing anti-anxiety medication and someone else purposely taking it away from them…why? People of the world should be glad that there are faiths and some level of implied morality that comes with the faith, not every nonbeliever is Neil Peart intelligent. Some have no morals or scruples and I am not comfortable with morality being a variable and my kid interacting with other kids who were brought up watching Jerry Springer and Snooki.
I love the music of Rush but the past couple albums I just thought were “shove it down our throat” anti-Religion. I paid 300 dollars to see them in Boston, they played the song Faithless and I dont’ think that’s a song that really resonates with people. My problem with Peart is that he is of the highest order of intelligence and presumes his perceptions are therefore correct. When listening to his songs I don’t get the feeling that he’s saying “here is what I’ve ascertained so far about life”, I perceive that he thinks he’s arrived at some timeless truth that he’s excited to share with everybody because he’s positive he’s onto something. What would make him think that his high intelligence would somehow give his perceptions more gravitas than any other human on earth? All the great philosophers he’s studies share one thing in common, they all thought they knew, the truth is nobody can know for sure.
I’ve tried going to the CNN “belief net”…which I call atheism net, go read a story there and then read the comments. They’re pretty vile.
Anyway, I love Rush and a lot of the older songs they are playing on this tour, but I opted not to go see them in Boston last night because not only do I not like being preached to by the religious, I ESPECIALLY don’t like being preached to by the non-religious. Either way it’s preaching, but for some reason I see the “man is the end all be all” crowd as being particularly condescending and arrogant.
I now say the rosary on the way to work every morning on my long commute, I feel comfort in believing, I beleive the faith has given me tools to be able to cope with life sans alcohol/drugs/sex/gambling/you name it. I feel that children should be given these tools for their toolbox, they may opt out later in life, but at least they have been trained how to pray. Peart seems to think people pray in order to get something or for something good to happen. I think that’s a rather childish view. I pray just to converse with God and for help for other people.