Monday, July 14, 2008

have you ever heard him speak before?


jON said...

once i was labeled as evil, i became unafraid to look into others who have also had that label applied to them, and hear what they really had to say. i have been surprised at what i have found.

this is just one example.

Erin said...

What a weirdo...just kidding.

I'm not familiar with his music at all and can't say that I'd let my kids listen to it (they are 12 and 8.

But I will say that in this clip he seems very well grounded in his ideas about what's wrong with the world. And his last statement was pretty profound.

Do you know how many people Elvis and The Beatles sent to hell?


But at the time people were certain that was the case.

Katherine Gunn said...

Thank you for this reminder that it is far better to learn about what a person is like from them than those that are afraid of them.

One Voice of Many said...

I've actually never heard him speak on anything before now. Thanks for posting this.

I can't say that I agree with his entire blame shift on a general attitude of violence completely over to the President. I don't disagree that political violence has a huge influence on our culture. I also agree that consumer's motivation on consumption is most often based on fear. I also do NOT feel that he is some evil person who is single-handedly ruining the youth of today (as many people like to retort) HOWEVER, it's a good balance for all of us to take some personal responsibility for being fuel to a fire at some point or another. I certainly have done that and I DON'T have super star status. I would have liked to hear him own to up just a teensie bit of attitude he projects and, might I add, makes a boat load of money from it.

At any rate, his final comment was my absolute favorite. When asked, what would you say to the kids of Columbine, he said:
"I wouldn't a single word to them, I would listen to what they have to say. And that's what no one did."

That was priceless.


Dena G said...

I'm with Michelle and Erin. That last sentence was profound.

I have a friend who likes to tell me that Bill Clinton was "single-handedly responsible for the moral decline of this country". I don't believe that any more than I believe MM is responsible for the violence.

I have to admit...this is not what I expected to hear.

Thanks for sharing, Jon.

jON said...

thanks for being willing to listen with an open mind. i was surprised to hear him speak the first time as well. from the way he is portrayed, and the rumors that spread about who he is and what his music is about, it can be hard to see through those filters and get to the person.

for me, i try to find myself in the music i listen to. and when i'm honest with myself, even in the small chorus that was shared here, i find myself.

"i'm not a slave to a god who doesn't exist..."

i think everyone here has felt this in their hearts. it is one of the reasons we are here in this place, is it not? we recognized that the god being portrayed to us was false and we no longer were going to bow down.

what we have done with this information is as different as fingerprints, but at least for me, i can echo the sentiments, and even worship to them...because i'm not a slave to the false god, the god who doesn't exist, anymore. i am now free.

thank god for that.

Anonymous said...

I've heard him speak before and was impressed. He's a performer, his weird makeup and clothing are part of his persona, but as a person he seems pretty "normal"

Valorosa said...

Cool, I have heard Manson before as well, he was dressed normally and fashionably on Politically Incorrect with Bill Maher.
As everyone here, I was struck by how normal he really is. He is intelligent and talented and a tad quirky. As Liberace would say to those who would raz him about his pretty boy ways... "I'm laughing with you, all the way to the bank."

It is a wonderful thing to have the scales removed, ain't it?