Ahahaha! You may have heard this philosophy before but not like this:
Final Revelation, by Bolt Thrower
Songwriters: Jo Bench, Gavin Ward, Karl Willietts, Martin Edward Kearns, Barry Thomson
Born to suffer, through a lifetime of darkness
Controlled by fear, held deep within your mind
As your mind reaches a distant point
Your soul beyond all pain
You shall realize all that has occurred
Were illusions formed from within your brain
You now know the truth, your mind is now set free
You have broken the chains that enslave all of humanity
Perceiving, life’s reality
An insight to man’s destiny
A coherent existence, comprehension you cannot deny
A meaningless persistence, confirmation you cannot defy
We follow without thinking, as our life passes us by
This newly acquired knowledge, clarified as we die
In this kingdom of the mindless
We are born to suffer
The first tenet of Buddhism is that all life is suffering. Never thought I’d be comparing Buddhism to death metal, but there you have it. Of course, if you just read the lyrics without listening to the song, then you realize how much like Buddhism this is. Enlightenment is found in interesting places. 🙂
Now that you mention it, this does have elements of some of the tenets. I fantasize singing this song, smiling wryly and shrugging — that might bring a zen element to it — in a weird way.
Not weird at all. If you go with the Buddhist idea that we are all one, and everything is part of everything else, then it makes perfect sense that zen is present in this song.
There is no beauty in sadness. No honor in suffering. No growth in fear. No relief in hate. It’s just a waste of perfectly good happiness.
Yeah, I s’pose she’s right…