Hold it straight together, man
Hold it straight together, if you can
Little fevers wrapped in medication
All strung out on novelty
Collapse yourself and try to comprehend
An angry island, a bitter bee sting
Severing and shattering
Free the self and fix the in between
It's isolation, mark the earth around you
Guess who's on the waiting list
I'll let you in on something secret
Disappear -- Motion City Soundtrack
I've been listening to this song nonstop. I can't get it out of my head. I don't know exactly what Justin Pierre had in mind when he wrote this, but it spoke to me. Earlier this semester, we had a shocking epiphany that we are a generation that has been taught to hate itself. We are a generation that hides behind a mask called cynicism. We are a generation that fakes confidence to hide the fact we know jack shit.
So where do these lyrics come into play? We are strung out on novelty. We buy into the bullshit corporations feed us. Don't get me started on the crap out in the market available for purchase. What we all need is to take a step back and re-evaluate everything. And I mean everything. Our hopes. Our dreams. Our likes. Our dislikes. Our friends. Our enemies. Ourselves.
We have to look into ourselves and ask what's really important. Tune out the noise so to speak. We have to start being honest with ourselves. Question is, do we really know what's honest anymore? Everything is so mixed up that it's difficult to sort out. The problem becomes "Is this what I want? Or is this what they want for me?" We have to stick it out, no matter how much we bitch and moan about shit. "Freeing the self" goes a really long way. It's a difficult journey but well worth it in the end.
In the previous post, I asked who is our generation's voice. Who or what is it that unites us? That represents us as a whole? I had the opportunity to ask Motion City Soundtrack's frontman himself. After nominating figures like Anderson Cooper of CNN's Anderson Cooper 360°, he jokingly slapped a handful of promotional stickers on the coffee table.
"This is gonna unite America like nobody's business," he stated with a firm shake of his fist, even opting to slap a few more stickers down. "If everybody in the world buys that record, we'll have peace."
All joking aside, Justin Pierre arrived to the very spot my class finds itself at. He admitted that this question - Who is our generation's revolutionary figure? - is a difficult one to answer. Ever stop and think that it could be you?