2006-10-20

zeros & ones - derek webb

just so everyone knows what I'm talking about later in the blog, here are the lyrics to the song:



this was real
oh this was what you’ve all come to see and feel
but i’m starting to doubt my reality
‘cause it does not last long
once the cash is gone

eventually all of this must become zeros and ones
everything, everywhere, everyone, zeros and ones

i’m in love
oh i love what i can convince you of
‘cause i’m a prophet by trade
and a salesman by blood
now i’m dying just to be
a filtered, sub-cultural version of me

eventually all of this must become zeros and ones
everything, everywhere, everyone, zeros and ones

my blood is red
dripping on a page
if i’m brave enough to cut myself
but the more it sells
it thins my blood

eventually all of this must become zeros and ones
everything, everywhere, everyone, zeros and ones



Ok, now my thoughts on the song...

the verses of the song seem to be describing life as a salesman essentially - selling your point of view or beliefs to people - living in order to convince people you are right, and/or to make money from it... and maybe in the chorus he's just saying that this kind of life leads to everything becoming both completely black and white, as well as essentially meaningless. Because when we live to convince other people we are right, we start to see all other points of view as being wrong, even though they may just be another person's different experience of the same truth - we see everything entirely in black and white, no grey areas. Because if we are salespeople, then we HAVE to see the world that way, or else we'll never sell anything. Also, if your goal in life is to sell you beliefs or point of view, people as people and things as things stop mattering except as tools to help you convince others that you are right. so everything and everyone become zeros and ones, simply materials to be used to fabricate your reality.

if anyone has thoughts about what I said or another interpretation, please leave comments. I'd love for my blogs to be more discussion oriented.

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