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Rofl at all of you | Reviewer: Sicsixsic | 6/18/09
Let this mean what people want it to mean to them, and about atheists and religious? If you want to believe something, why let others sway your judgement, and if you don't want to believe in something, let it be that way, unless a belief is attempted to being forced on you, care less about it. i'm an atheist and i think most of you are idiots for trying to even argue for your belief to be right.
Just maybe... | Reviewer: Charles Carman | 6/7/09
It's interesting how atheists are not really afraid of death, not existing, or even the possibility of an after-life as much as they are afraid of something more terrible and life altering - faith. Now granted Atheists do belief in something, that is a belief in no-thing. For reasons ranging from not liking the idea of an all powerful entity over them to an issue of pride to an experience in their life that shaped a view of God that was contrary to his actual nature and therefore destructive to their interest and belief in him. I don't attest to know everything or have a complete grasp on theology, philosophy, or epistemology, but of all the beliefs in this world, atheism is the second most depressing one out there behind agnosticism. And what's more is they usually (but they'd rarely admit it) embrace their depression and independent exclusivity as their corner and themselves as their god. And maybe... perhaps... possibly... those thoughts are not simply the result of a mishap from billions of year of evolution but the embodied soul screaming in a soft voice to the man who has no hope. no trust. nothing to hold on but themselves... and I think this song has hit that point o the head.
oh and I like the irony of it scaring the "hell" out of atheists - nice touch Muse.
Wow... | Reviewer: SomeRandomGuy | 5/28/09
Personally i am an atheist and this song pretty much sums up what goes through every atheist one time or another. Death. Unless of course you died and then came back to life, no1 knows what happens after death. Religion, in my opinion, is simply a way to "assure" people that this isnt the end. Kinda like what they told kids what to do if a nuclear fallout hit the US in the '60s. Wanna know what they told em? Crouch down and cover yourself. They knew perfectly well they would die if that happened but they told this so the kids would completely panic. Want another exampleor have i already made my point? When the US firebombed tokyo wanna know what they used to explain it to the kids? Godzilla. And yes, this is true. That was the origin of godzilla. A way to reassure kids. Now get what im playing at?
Religion is simply godzilla for grownups if you can understand that. Its really that simple.
To be honest, death really does scare the hell outta me. The contemplation of not existing anymore is just scary.
You may belive what im saying is horse shit and tbh, i for one would overjoyed if it was but sadly, its not. Go along believing what you want. I dont blame you if you do.
melon | Reviewer: Anonymous | 5/30/09
what the fuck is the deal with all the preachers on here? there's no point in quoting lines from the bible, its not as though youre going to convert anyone. this song isnt even implying that theres no god, its about matt bellamy contemplating what will be like to die since hes an atheist. (check the musewiki if you dont believe me)
i can completely relate to this song, im an athiest so i have no idea what it will be die to either. while it is kind of scary, notice how the lyrics say "and it scares the HELL out of me"; but atheists dont believe in hell, so this could be bellamy simply pointing out that atheists dont need to be afrid of death because theres no place of "punishment" after you die. thats just my theory.
but seriously, all the pointless religious debating needs to stop. if youre looking at these lyrics youre probably a fan of muse, and thats all that needs to be discussed here. muse ROCKS!!!!
Great song | Reviewer: Alex | 5/28/09
Out of all muse's songs, id say this is my third favorite next to hysteria and time running out.
What really actually cracks me up is that some people actually belive atheists are like,and i quote S_D here, "evil throwback satanic baby eating race that kills bunny rabbits for fun".
Speaking as an atheist here, we sure as hell arent like that and it really surprises/dissapoints me that anyone would so ignorant as to belive that. Just because we dont belive in a religion doesnt mean we are "evil"... Sad that anyone could be stupid enough to belive those lies about us...
P.S. I saw muse live at lollapalooza front row in 07(i think... Maybe it was 08...) really amazing!
awesome | Reviewer: Anonymous | 4/5/09
I am in love with this song. It's beautiful and on a subject most people dare to ever talk about. It is refreshing to finally hear a band sing about a real subject, as muse often does. Also, I cannot stand atheist haters. It's incredibly hypocritical.
interesting. | Reviewer: Evie | 3/27/09
I like the fact that so many people have different views of this song. Just another power of different minds :) To me, I thought it was commenting on people who do live their lives thinking that 'this is all there is', then at the moment before the end of their life, they realise they are actually scared of what is to come.
And to God is GOD! - your determinism is my worst nightmare.
Political Beliefs and unfunny jokes | Reviewer: S_D | 3/22/09
I despise people who consider atheists to be some kind of satanic evil throwback race who eat babies and kill bunny rabbits for fun. I am an atheist and i am a vegetarian, comedy-loving and utterly bizarre teenager.
Why is it seemingly beyond the capacity of the human race to get along with each other and stop squabbling about petty little things that simply put, don't matter?
I am not anti-religion. People have a right to believe in anything they see fit. In addition, religion helps, but does not entirely provide, morals which are essential for human survival. The reason as to why there is suffering in the world is simply that people are too busy squabbling with each other to sort them out. Things like racism and sexism should never have existed in the first place. We are all human people and together we're invincible! (see what i did there)
Unfunny jokes and personal political/philosophical beliefs aside, i am a huge Muse fan and this song is one of the best on Absolution.
Black Holes and Revelations is still better, though.
hah | Reviewer: Maggoe | 3/19/09
I, myself am an atheist more or lack there of, and seeing and hearing these words just makes me think about death and a possible apocalypse. "The end is all I can see" reminds me of having no hope in mankind to stop the end, or change to do so.
Death, particularly, scares me because I don't believe in a God or higher being necessarily and I just can't stop thinking about not knowing what will come, or happen next. And who's to know.
For some reason, it scares the hell out of me. And this song means alot to me and many others, I'm sure.
So thank you Matt/Muse. You guys cease to amaze me.
Yet another breathtaking song.
a thought | Reviewer: bon_voyage | 3/10/09
This song is so striking and real and honest, something most bands wouldn't dare to sing.
To me it seems as if the man is talking to a friend by his bedside, a friend that might already feel so far away (floating in-between
where our worlds collide), as if his life of the near-dead and his friend's as the living are like two completely different worlds. He asks (are you afraid to die?), coaxing him to relate and go down an unpopular train of thought. Or his audience might easily be God. Maybe he questions whether his athiest outlook was right after all, terrified that he has nothing to comfort him. (It scares the hell out of me
and the end is all I can see)(Eerie whispers
trapped beneath my pillow
won't let me sleep) Maybe those "whispers" are his new troubled doubts about the nonexistance of God. Maybe they're his fears about leaving the world he's used to. The real meaning of this song isn't for me to determine, but we can wonder anyway. Personally, I'm a Christian and love God, but I'm NOT about to point fingers or make people uncomfortable. I'm not about that, and I don't think anybody else should go on a "holier-than-thou" rant either, -that's not the faith I know. Personally, I think these lyrics are well-written and powerful, on a subject we all have a right to think about. It's great to see a band that isn't afraid to shed light on tough subjects, not to mention deep, complex ones. (some raw talent too) :)
Just a few thoughts for everyone.
something does show. | Reviewer: rawr. | 3/3/09
i for one am an atheist and this song for one brings a smile to my face because. because as to all or just some atheist, dying is a fear. because some believe you wont go anywhere and others dont have a clue and just wonder about it all their lives. and this song says how most feel.
great song :)
Well, | Reviewer: Simone | 2/22/09
Well I guess there could be something greater out there... I don't know... But I don't think it'll make a difference if we are talking and discussing it on the internet like it is some kind of war.
Well anyway, great song! It really does something to me.
God is a number you cannot count to. | Reviewer: John Smith | 2/12/09
You're supposed to review the song here, not preach to people about what you think God is. If you are adults, I pity you.
I'm an atheist and I think the idea of this song is good, but the lyrics could be / have more. But then again it's just Matthew's view, and I respect it. In a way, the lyrics could be exactly what a dying atheist would think, or it could be the opposite. People and their thoughts are individual even if they believe the same things.
To all you internet preachers who are obviously lost: Please, get the f**k out, since you clearly don't even know what this site is about. None of the anonymous on the internet care about what you believe in. Just keep your faith to yourself, and live your life happily, easily amused.
To Bill on 11/5/08 | Reviewer: God is GOD! | 2/9/09
I wish people would stop apologizing for God's Sovereignty and allow Him to speak for himself through His word. God has never claimed to be "all-loving" or "all-forgiving". There are plenty of people whom He will NOT forgive... people that will spend eternity separated from Him. He IS love... all love comes from Him but He is also justice and He is also holy.
But He also claims, by His own words, to hate wickedness and to hate certain wicked individuals. (See Psalm 11 and Romans 9). He also takes credit for wickedness and catastrophes. Please read your bible!!! Stop making up other gods.
God DID send His Son to save, forgive and redeem ALL those who would believe. But we are NOT all "sons" of God. We ARE all "creations" of God. Some created as objects of mercy, some as objects of wrath.. determined by HIS good pleasure and will. But only Jesus gives a person the right to be called a "son" based on His decree, not by the decision of humans. (Please read John 1:10-13).
As for Who is responsible for disasters, again read your bible people! Or if you don't have one, see the passages below. God is not a big marshmallow in the sky who sits around powerless or impotent. He is a sovereign deity Who does as He pleases for His own reasons, even if you don't agree with Him or like His plan. That is why HE is God. Man's mythical "free-will" is nothing more than man-made PR device... an attempt to make God more appealing to the masses. Let God be God and let people come to Him as He is. He does not need for you to make Him look nice.
Deuteronomy 28:59 - The LORD will send fearful plagues on you and your descendants, harsh and prolonged disasters, and severe and lingering illnesses.
Deuteronomy 28:61 - The LORD will also bring on you every kind of sickness and disaster not recorded in this Book of the Law, until you are destroyed.
Deuteronomy 29:21 - The LORD will single him out from all the tribes of Israel for disaster, according to all the curses of the covenant written in this Book of the Law.
Joshua 24:20 - If you forsake the LORD and serve foreign gods, he will turn and bring disaster on you and make an end of you, after he has been good to you."
1 Kings 14:10 - " 'Because of this, I am going to bring disaster on the house of Jeroboam. I will cut off from Jeroboam every last male in Israel—slave or free. I will burn up the house of Jeroboam as one burns dung, until it is all gone.
1 Kings 21:21 - 'I am going to bring disaster on you. I will consume your descendants and cut off from Ahab every last male in Israel—slave or free.
1 Kings 22:23 - "So now the LORD has put a lying spirit in the mouths of all these prophets of yours. The LORD has decreed disaster for you."
2 Kings 21:12 - Therefore this is what the LORD, the God of Israel, says: I am going to bring such disaster on Jerusalem and Judah that the ears of everyone who hears of it will tingle.
Proverbs 16:4 - The LORD works out everything for his own ends— even the wicked for a day of disaster.
Isaiah 10:23 - The Lord, the LORD Almighty, will carry out the destruction decreed upon the whole land.
Isaiah 45:7 - I form the light and create darkness, I bring prosperity and create disaster; I, the LORD, do all these things.
Jeremiah 11:11 - Therefore this is what the LORD says: 'I will bring on them a disaster they cannot escape. Although they cry out to me, I will not listen to them.
Jeremiah 11:23 - Not even a remnant will be left to them, because I will bring disaster on the men of Anathoth in the year of their punishment.' "
Jeremiah 23:12 - "Therefore their path will become slippery; they will be banished to darkness and there they will fall. I will bring disaster on them in the year they are punished," declares the LORD.
Jeremiah 25:29 - See, I am beginning to bring disaster on the city that bears my Name, and will you indeed go unpunished? You will not go unpunished, for I am calling down a sword upon all who live on the earth, declares the LORD Almighty.'
Jeremiah 42:17 - Indeed, all who are determined to go to Egypt to settle there will die by the sword, famine and plague; not one of them will survive or escape the disaster I will bring on them.'
Jeremiah 49:8 - Turn and flee, hide in deep caves, you who live in Dedan, for I will bring disaster on Esau at the time I punish him.
Daniel 9:14 - The LORD did not hesitate to bring the disaster upon us, for the LORD our God is righteous in everything he does; yet we have not obeyed him.
Amos 3:6 - When a trumpet sounds in a city, do not the people tremble? When disaster comes to a city, has not the LORD caused it?
about muse, the living agnostic and denial | Reviewer: peeciss | 2/4/09
great song revealing fears of nonexistance that cross the minds of people that concern themselves with issues of eternity and death. exact to the point no matter what belief. specifically to our living agnostic: once you experience near death or death itself all your theories of "you cannot experience death" and "there's nothing to be scared of" will reveal themselves as tools of denial used to conceal the natural fear of not-being.
the song being kept simple, repetitive and yet powerful is a perfect reflection of the state of the dying existentialist mind.
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