Pathway in the Sea

Ever see a butterfly flutter by? John 3:7-8

Psalm 77:19

Thy way is in the sea, and thy path in the great waters, and thy footsteps are not known.

"The best way to show that a stick is crooked is not to argue about it or to spend time denouncing it, but to lay a straight stick along side it."

-D. L. Moody

Sunday, December 18, 2011

Holy Enormous Wealth Inequality, Batman! From Berkley, via ThinkProgress, we learn that the 6 Wal-Mart heirs have the same amount of wealth as the poorest 90 million Americans (30% of the US population). But never fear - I'm sure these 6 fabulously wealthy people worked really hard for and deserve all their riches, and that their (obscene?) wealth has nothing to do with the fact that they were lucky enough to be born into the top 0.00000002%.

Thad Jones

Walmart is a major factor in the quality of my family's life. Government, beyond that which protects Walmart and my family from covetous scum like you, is a looming menace to the quality of my family's life.Sam Walton was largely responsible for the contributions of Walmart to our economy and for that he was rewarded.Thanks to him, his heirs didn't have to work for what they received. It was given to them by someone who cared for them. Who, specifically, are you caring for? I'll know by where your personal wealth, not your rhetoric, goes.;19-21&version=KJV
December 10 at 11:54am ·
Thad Jones You'll find these quotes even more "puzzling"(John 1:5 And the light shineth in darkness; and the darkness comprehended it not).:
Thad Jones Matthew 7:3
And why beholdest thou the mote that is in thy brother's eye, but considerest not the beam that is in thine own eye?
Thad Jones Luke 11:46
And he said, Woe unto you also, ye lawyers! for ye lade men with burdens grievous to be borne, and ye yourselves touch not the burdens with one of your fingers.
Thad Jones
John 12:3-8
King James Version (KJV)
3Then took Mary a pound of ointment of spikenard, very costly, and anointed the feet of Jesus, and wiped his feet with her hair: and the house was filled with the odour of the ointment.

4Then saith one of his disciples, Judas Iscariot, Simon's son, which should betray him,

5Why was not this ointment sold for three hundred pence, and given to the poor?

6This he said, not that he cared for the poor; but because he was a thief, and had the bag, and bare what was put therein.

7Then said Jesus, Let her alone: against the day of my burying hath she kept this.

8For the poor always ye have with you; but me ye have not always.

Thad Jones Again, who is it that you are "caring for", specifically? I could not care less how about your personal wealth. The use of the word "puzzled" is evasive, malicious and deceitful. You are clearly not "puzzled". You're just full of crap.

The Angry Bureaucrat
Sigh, no, Thad, it wasn't malicious - I was genuinely puzzled, because, as I pointed out, the Bible quotes you pointed to undermine your own argument. Who do I care for ... I give to a number of charities and non-profits, and the work I dohelps to feed millions of hungry Americans. Formerly, my work (as a church missionary!) helped the Roma (Gypsies) of Eastern Europe. And I'm done trading Bible quotes with you, since you obviously don't even understand what YOU'RE quoting, let alone what I'm trying to say. You're not going to listen to me anyway, so I'm going to stop trying. You, Thad, are the one with the log in your own eye that you can't see - I am well aware of my own logs.

Thad Jones
I was speaking to you as you identify yourself, "The (Anonymous, Faceless) Angry Bureaucrat".

4Then saith one of his disciples, Judas Iscariot, Simon's son, which should betray him,

5Why was not this ointment sold for three hundred pence, and given to the poor?


"Holy Enormous Wealth Inequality, Batman! From Berkley, via ThinkProgress, we learn that the 6 Wal-Mart heirs have the same amount of wealth as the poorest 90 million Americans (30% of the US population)."

Contrast that covetous, envious pretext for confiscating their wealth "in the interest of the poor" to Jesus' assessment of "wealth inequality":

7Then said Jesus, Let her alone: against the day of my burying hath she kept this.

8For the poor always ye have with you; but me ye have not always.

Decrying "wealth inequality" has the same effect on its existence as decrying the fact that it gets cold in the winter in certain climates: none whatsoever.

Thad Jones BTW, I am much less a friend of the ill-gotten rich than you might think. The main difference in economic philosophy between you and me is that your policy goal is "equality" while mine is "equitability".

Thad Jones
The evil of the fact of "wealth inequality" is expressed in the phrase "unrighteous mammon". It tends to discriminate in favor of the wicked and is therefore "unrighteous". Programs aimed at making it "righteous" are misguided and inherently unjust, however. Take the "sub-prime mortgage" catastrophe for example. The policy goal was purported to be access to home-ownership for "lower income" buyers. The outcome, as always, was that the rich got Richard and the poor got Dick. (I made that up.) One aspect of the "sub-prime mortgage" catastrophe that dwarfs the TARP bailout in economic impact is the "fractional reserve" inflationary implications all that lending/borrowing had on the amount of money in circulation. I view the inordinate power and influence of the financial sector over the rest of us as a macro-socio-economic fractal progression of this:
John 2

13Jesus went up to Jerusalem.

14And found in the temple those that sold oxen and sheep and doves, and the changers of money sitting:

15And when he had made a scourge of small cords, he drove them all out of the temple, and the sheep, and the oxen; and poured out the changers' money, and overthrew the tables;

16And said unto them that sold doves, Take these things hence; make not my Father's house an house of merchandise.

(Doug Brown I like John 2:13-16 myself. I'm pretty sure it is the only violent act Jesus ever committed.)

... and this:

Matthew 28:10-15
King James Version (KJV)
10Then said Jesus unto them, Be not afraid: go tell my brethren that they go into Galilee, and there shall they see me.

11Now when they were going, behold, some of the watch came into the city, and shewed unto the chief priests all the things that were done.

12And when they were assembled with the elders, and had taken counsel, they gave large money unto the soldiers,

13Saying, Say ye, His disciples came by night, and stole him away while we slept.

14And if this come to the governor's ears, we will persuade him, and secure you.

15So they took the money, and did as they were taught: and this saying is commonly reported among the Jews until this day.

Thad Jones I believe they will find that Jesus' attitude hasn't changed a bit,either.

Thad Jones
Revelation 6:9-17
King James Version (KJV)
9And when he had opened the fifth seal, I saw under the altar the souls of them that were slain for the word of God, and for the testimony which they held:

10And they cried with a loud voice, saying, How long, O Lord, holy and true, dost thou not judge and avenge our blood on them that dwell on the earth?

11And white robes were given unto every one of them; and it was said unto them, that they should rest yet for a little season, until their fellowservants also and their brethren, that should be killed as they were, should be fulfilled.

12And I beheld when he had opened the sixth seal, and, lo, there was a great earthquake; and the sun became black as sackcloth of hair, and the moon became as blood;

13And the stars of heaven fell unto the earth, even as a fig tree casteth her untimely figs, when she is shaken of a mighty wind.

14And the heaven departed as a scroll when it is rolled together; and every mountain and island were moved out of their places.

15And the kings of the earth, and the great men, and the rich men, and the chief captains, and the mighty men, and every bondman, and every free man, hid themselves in the dens and in the rocks of the mountains;

16And said to the mountains and rocks, Fall on us, and hide us from the face of him that sitteth on the throne, and from the wrath of the Lamb:

17For the great day of his wrath is come; and who shall be able to stand?

P.S. Holy Wealth Inequality Hypocrisy, Batman!

Center for American Progress Action Fund

Friends of yours, "Angry Bureacrat"?

Center for American Progress Action Fund

Formerly known simply as the American Progress Action Fund, the Center for American Progress Action Fund is a "sister advocacy organization" and is organizationally and financially separate from the Center for American Progress, although they share many staff and a physical address. Whereas the Center for American Progress is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, the fund is a 501(c)(4), allowing it to devote more funds to lobbying.[14] In 2003, George Soros promised to financially support the organization by donating up to three million dollars.[15]


Let there be "no representation without taxation". Adopting that voting policy, along with the abolition of the NWO economic warfare of graduated "income tax" in favor of the equitable distribution of the tax burden by the frugality- and conservation-incentivizing policy of taxing individuals and corporations at a single, across-the-board-of-economic-classes, rate on their consumption of goods and services. That way, everybody who votes, from the corporate CEO to the derelict buying alcohol and cigarettes, will have an incentive to keep taxes as low, and the government as fiscally efficient, as possible.There are only bad reasons for opposing such a unifying tax policy, and they invariably originate with those who benefit from the current financial policy at the unjust expense and disenfranchisement of those who are oppressed under it.

Soros: China Must Be Part Of The New World Order

What is meant by "macro-socio-economic fractal progression":

Matthew 28:11-15

King James Version (KJV)
11Now when they were going, behold, some of the watch came into the city, and shewed unto the chief priests all the things that were done.
12And when they were assembled with the elders, and had taken counsel, they gave large money unto the soldiers,
13Saying, Say ye, His disciples came by night, and stole him away while we slept.
14And if this come to the governor's ears, we will persuade him, and secure you.
15So they took the money, and did as they were taught: and this saying is commonly reported among the Jews until this day.

Matthew 3

1In those days came John the Baptist, preaching in the wilderness of Judaea,
2And saying, Repent ye: for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.
3For this is he that was spoken of by the prophet Esaias, saying, The voice of one crying in the wilderness, Prepare ye the way of the Lord, make his paths straight.
4And the same John had his raiment of camel's hair, and a leathern girdle about his loins; and his meat was locusts and wild honey.
5Then went out to him Jerusalem, and all Judaea, and all the region round about Jordan,
6And were baptized of him in Jordan, confessing their sins.
7But when he saw many of the Pharisees and Sadducees come to his baptism, he said unto them, O generation of vipers, who hath warned you to flee from the wrath to come?
8Bring forth therefore fruits meet for repentance:
9And think not to say within yourselves, We have Abraham to our father: for I say unto you, that God is able of these stones to raise up children unto Abraham.
10And now also the axe is laid unto the root of the trees: therefore every tree which bringeth not forth good fruit is hewn down, and cast into the fire.
11I indeed baptize you with water unto repentance. but he that cometh after me is mightier than I, whose shoes I am not worthy to bear: he shall baptize you with the Holy Ghost, and with fire:
12Whose fan is in his hand, and he will throughly purge his floor, and gather his wheat into the garner; but he will burn up the chaff with unquenchable fire.
13Then cometh Jesus from Galilee to Jordan unto John, to be baptized of him.

Fractal geometry

The interior of the Koch snowflake is a union of infinitely many triangles.
In the study of fractals, geometric series often arise as the perimeter, area, or volume of a self-similar figure.
For example, the area inside the Koch snowflake can be described as the union of infinitely many equilateral triangles (see figure). Each side of the green triangle is exactly 1/3 the size of a side of the large blue triangle, and therefore has exactly 1/9 the area. Similarly, each yellow triangle has 1/9 the area of a green triangle, and so forth. Taking the blue triangle as a unit of area, the total area of the snowflake is
1 \,+\, 3\left(\frac{1}{9}\right) \,+\, 12\left(\frac{1}{9}\right)^2 \,+\, 48\left(\frac{1}{9}\right)^3 \,+\, \cdots.
The first term of this series represents the area of the blue triangle, the second term the total area of the three green triangles, the third term the total area of the twelve yellow triangles, and so forth. Excluding the initial 1, this series is geometric with constant ratio r = 4/9. The first term of the geometric series is a = 3(1/9) = 1/3, so the sum is
Thus the Koch snowflake has 8/5 of the area of the base triangle.

Deuteronomy 16:18-20
King James Version (KJV)
18Judges and officers shalt thou make thee in all thy gates, which the LORD thy God giveth thee, throughout thy tribes: and they shall judge the people with just judgment.

19Thou shalt not wrest judgment; thou shalt not respect persons, neither take a gift: for a gift doth blind the eyes of the wise, and pervert the words of the righteous.

20That which is altogether just shalt thou follow, that thou mayest live, and inherit the land which the LORD thy God giveth thee.

Exodus 12:49
One law shall be to him that is homeborn, and unto the stranger that sojourneth among you.
Exodus 12:48-50 (in Context) Exodus 12 (Whole Chapter)
Leviticus 24:22
Ye shall have one manner of law, as well for the stranger, as for one of your own country: for I am the LORD your God.
Leviticus 24:21-23 (in Context) Leviticus 24 (Whole Chapter)
Numbers 15:16
One law and one manner shall be for you, and for the stranger that sojourneth with you.
Numbers 15:15-17 (in Context) Numbers 15 (Whole Chapter)
Numbers 15:29
Ye shall have one law for him that sinneth through ignorance, both for him that is born among the children of Israel, and for the stranger that sojourneth among them.
Numbers 15:28-30 (in Context) Numbers 15 (Whole Chapter)
Leviticus 19:11-18
King James Version (KJV)
11Ye shall not steal, neither deal falsely, neither lie one to another.

12And ye shall not swear by my name falsely, neither shalt thou profane the name of thy God: I am the LORD.

13Thou shalt not defraud thy neighbour, neither rob him: the wages of him that is hired shall not abide with thee all night until the morning.

14Thou shalt not curse the deaf, nor put a stumblingblock before the blind, but shalt fear thy God: I am the LORD.

15Ye shall do no unrighteousness in judgment: thou shalt not respect the person of the poor, nor honor the person of the mighty: but in righteousness shalt thou judge thy neighbour.

16Thou shalt not go up and down as a talebearer among thy people: neither shalt thou stand against the blood of thy neighbour; I am the LORD.

17Thou shalt not hate thy brother in thine heart: thou shalt in any wise rebuke thy neighbour, and not suffer sin upon him.

18Thou shalt not avenge, nor bear any grudge against the children of thy people, but thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself: I am the LORD.

P.P.S. (12-29-11) The Angry Bureaucrat is "proud" of his status as a domestic enemy of the Fifth Amendment and the Constitution as a whole:
weapons of mass restructure (excerpted)
No person shall be held to answer for a capital, or otherwise infamous crime, unless on a presentment or indictment of a Grand Jury, except in cases arising in the land or naval forces, or in the Militia, when in actual service in time of War or public danger; nor shall any person be subject for the same offence to be twice put in jeopardy of life or limb; nor shall be compelled in any criminal case to be a witness against himself, nor be deprived of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor shall private property be taken for public use, without just compensation.

Amendment XVI notwithstanding, the use of public funds for purposes other than the common defense, the general welfare (i.e. infrastructure, projects for the use of the general public, the enhancement of government services to the general public, etc.) must be deemed unconstitutional. Once again, the interests of certain groups such as the poor and the elderly are used as a pretext for the taking of the private property of American citizens (i.e. their income) for public use without just compensation. Individuals who espouse such "generosity" should be regarded as enemies of the Constitution and the people.The American people must be freed immediately from the tyranny of such "compassion." It is unconstitutional for the government to be frivolous with the resources of the American people. It is not, however, unconstitutional for the government to encourage voluntary private assistance to the economically challenged. Care of the needy must be voluntary. Compulsory charity at the point of the government's gun is worse than armed robbery. It is extra-constitutional, unjust and hypocritical. Individuals who are concerned for the needs of the poor must appeal for voluntary contributions to the cause or contribute their own time and resources. The current tax structure actually presents an economic barrier and a disincentive to the disadvantaged. As such, it is doubly detrimental to the general welfare. And unconstitutional!

Neat trick. Pretending to speak on behalf of the poor. How do the poor benefit when existing means of production and distribution are hampered or disabled and there is less to go around because self appointed arbiters of "equality" have induced a collapse of the system? Or because private enterprise has been taken over by the state on just such a pretext, and labor and management no longer have a personal stake or incentive for the publicly-run means of production and distribution to function efficiently or effectively? I guess the bastard loves the poor so much that he wants to produce as many of them as possible.
Paul preaches "wealth equality" (or does he?) :
2 Corinthians 8

Great Generosity

1 Now, brethren, we wish to make known to you the grace of God which has been (A)given in the churches of (B)Macedonia, 2 that in a great ordeal of affliction their abundance of joy and their deep poverty overflowed in the (C)wealth of their liberality. 3 For I testify that (D)according to their ability, and beyond their ability, they gave of their own accord, 4 begging us with much urging for the (E)favor [a]of participation in the [b](F)support of the [c]saints, 5 and this, not as we had [d]expected, but they first (G)gave themselves to the Lord and to us by (H)the will of God. 6 So we (I)urged (J)Titus that as he had previously (K)made a beginning, so he would also complete in you (L)this gracious work as well.
7 But just as you (M)abound (N)in everything, in faith and utterance and knowledge and in all earnestness and in the [e]love we inspired in you, see that you (O)abound in this gracious work also. 8 I (P)am not speaking this as a command, but as proving through the earnestness of others the sincerity of your love also. 9 For you know (Q)the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that (R)though He was rich, yet for your sake He became poor, so that you through His poverty might become rich. 10 I (S)give my opinion in this matter, for this is to your advantage, who were the first to begin (T)a year ago not only to do this, but also to desire to do it. 11 But now finish [f]doing it also, so that just as there was the (U)readiness to desire it, so there may be also the completion of it by your ability. 12 For if the readiness is present, it is acceptable (V)according to what a person has, not according to what he does not have. 13 For this is not for the ease of others and for your affliction, but by way of equality— 14 at this present time your abundance being a supply for (W)their need, so that their abundance also may become a supply for (X)your need, that there may be equality; 15 as it is written, “(Y)HE WHO gathered MUCH DID NOT HAVE TOO MUCH, AND HE WHO gathered LITTLE HAD NO LACK.”

16 But (Z)thanks be to God who (AA)puts the same earnestness on your behalf in the heart of (AB)Titus. 17 For he not only accepted our (AC)appeal, but being himself very earnest, he has gone to you of his own accord. 18 We have sent along with him (AD)the brother whose fame in the things of the (AE)gospel has spread through (AF)all the churches; 19 (AG)and not only this, but he has also been (AH)appointed by the churches to travel with us in (AI)this gracious work, which is being administered by us for the glory of the Lord Himself, and to show our (AJ)readiness, 20 [g]taking precaution so that no one will discredit us in our administration of this generous gift; 21 for we (AK)have regard for what is honorable, not only in (AL)the sight of the Lord, but also in the sight of men.

Exodus 16

11And the LORD spake unto Moses, saying,
12I have heard the murmurings of the children of Israel: speak unto them, saying, At even ye shall eat flesh, and in the morning ye shall be filled with bread; and ye shall know that I am the LORD your God.
13And it came to pass, that at even the quails came up, and covered the camp: and in the morning the dew lay round about the host.
14And when the dew that lay was gone up, behold, upon the face of the wilderness there lay a small round thing, as small as the hoar frost on the ground.
15And when the children of Israel saw it, they said one to another, It is manna: for they wist not what it was. And Moses said unto them, This is the bread which the LORD hath given you to eat.
16This is the thing which the LORD hath commanded, Gather of it every man according to his eating, an omer for every man, according to the number of your persons; take ye every man for them which are in his tents.
17And the children of Israel did so, and gathered, some more, some less.
18And when they did mete it with an omer, he that gathered much had nothing over, and he that gathered little had no lack; they gathered every man according to his eating.
19And Moses said, Let no man leave of it till the morning.
20Notwithstanding they hearkened not unto Moses; but some of them left of it until the morning, and it bred worms, and stank: and Moses was wroth with them.
21And they gathered it every morning, every man according to his eating: and when the sun waxed hot, it melted.
22And it came to pass, that on the sixth day they gathered twice as much bread, two omers for one man: and all the rulers of the congregation came and told Moses.

2 Corinthians 9

God Gives Most
1 For (A)it is superfluous for me to write to you about this (B)ministry to the [a]saints; 2 for I know your readiness, of which I (C)boast about you to the (D)Macedonians, namely, that (E)Achaia has been prepared since (F)last year, and your zeal has stirred up most of them. 3 But I have sent the brethren, in order that our (G)boasting about you may not be made empty in this case, so that, (H)as I was saying, you may be prepared; 4 otherwise if any (I)Macedonians come with me and find you unprepared, we—not to speak of you—will be put to shame by this confidence. 5 So I thought it necessary to urge the (J)brethren that they would go on ahead to you and arrange beforehand your previously promised [b](K)bountiful gift, so that the same would be ready as a [c](L)bountiful gift and not [d](M)affected by covetousness.
6 Now this I say, (N)he who sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and he who sows [e]bountifully will also reap [f]bountifully. 7 Each one must do just as he has purposed in his heart, not (O)grudgingly or under compulsion, for (P)God loves a cheerful giver. 8 And (Q)God is able to make all grace abound to you, so that always having all sufficiency in everything, you may have an abundance for every good deed; 9 as it is written,
10 Now He who supplies (S)seed to the sower and bread for food will supply and multiply your seed for sowing and (T)increase the harvest of your righteousness; 11 you will be (U)enriched in everything for all liberality, which through us is producing (V)thanksgiving to God. 12 For the ministry of this service is not only fully supplying (W)the needs of the [h]saints, but is also overflowing (X)through many thanksgivings to God. 13 Because of the proof given by this (Y)ministry, they will (Z)glorify God for your obedience to your(AA)confession of the (AB)gospel of Christ and for the liberality of your [i]contribution to them and to all, 14while they also, by prayer on your behalf, yearn for you because of the surpassing grace of God in you. 15(AC)Thanks be to God for His indescribable (AD)gift!
Final thoughts on your chatter about "wealth inequality", "Angry Bureacrat":

Ecclesiastes 5:8-20

King James Version (KJV)
8If thou seest the oppression of the poor, and violent perverting of judgment and justice in a province, marvel not at the matter: for he that is higher than the highest regardeth; and there be higher than they.
9Moreover the profit of the earth is for all: the king himself is served by the field. (Those who produce, procure and distribute food "feed millions of hungry Americans" including the "king's" superfluous "bureacrats" who lord it over them as their "benefactors".)
10He that loveth silver shall not be satisfied with silver; nor he that loveth abundance with increase: this is also vanity.
11When goods increase, they are increased that eat them: and what good is there to the owners thereof, saving the beholding of them with their eyes?
12The sleep of a labouring man is sweet, whether he eat little or much: but the abundance of the rich will not suffer him to sleep.
13There is a sore evil which I have seen under the sun, namely, riches kept for the owners thereof to their hurt.
14But those riches perish by evil travail: and he begetteth a son, and there is nothing in his hand.
15As he came forth of his mother's womb, naked shall he return to go as he came, and shall take nothing of his labour, which he may carry away in his hand.
16And this also is a sore evil, that in all points as he came, so shall he go: and what profit hath he that hath laboured for the wind?
17All his days also he eateth in darkness, and he hath much sorrow and wrath with his sickness.
18Behold that which I have seen: : it is good and comely for one to eat and to drink, and to enjoy the good of all his labour that he taketh under the sun all the days of his life, which God giveth himfor it is his portion.
19Every man also to whom God hath given riches and wealth, and hath given him power to eat thereof, and to take his portion, and to rejoice in his labour; this is the gift of God.
20For he shall not much remember the days of his life; because God answereth him in the joy of his heart.

Luke 22

14And when the hour was come, he sat down, and the twelve apostles with him.
15And he said unto them, With desire I have desired to eat this passover with you before I suffer:
16For I say unto you, I will not any more eat thereof, until it be fulfilled in the kingdom of God.
17And he took the cup, and gave thanks, and said, Take this, and divide it among yourselves:
18For I say unto you, I will not drink of the fruit of the vine, until the kingdom of God shall come.
19And he took bread, and gave thanks, and brake it, and gave unto them, saying, This is my body which is given for you: this do in remembrance of me.
20Likewise also the cup after supper, saying, This cup is the new testament in my blood, which is shed for you.
21But, behold, the hand of him that betrayeth me is with me on the table.
22And truly the Son of man goeth, as it was determined: but woe unto that man by whom he is betrayed!
23And they began to enquire among themselves, which of them it was that should do this thing.
Fret, fuss and fume to your "proud" heart's discontent, "Angry Bureaucrat". Those of us who actually contribute to the material needs of our neighbors will work, eat, drink and sleep more contentedly without the agitation and aggravation of your lying graphs and charts and Michael Moore's, Al Gore's, "Current"-'s or "Link TV"-'s prop-agenda-ries which are created for the purpose of inducing the psycho-socio-economic alienation of the population necessary for perpetuating the static revolution (Permanent Waves ) that keeps the Luciferian hier-olig-archy ensconced in the delusory trappings of earthly power, privilege, and glory.


Limelight Lyrics

Living on a lighted stage
Approaches the unreal
For those who think and feel
In touch with some reality
Beyond the gilded cage.

Cast in this unlikely role,
Ill-equipped to act,
With insufficient tact,
One must put up barriers
To keep oneself intact.
[ Lyrics from: ]
Living in the Limelight,
The universal dream
For those who wish to seem.
Those who wish to be
Must put aside the alienation,
Get on with the fascination,
The real relation,
The underlying theme.

Living in a fisheye lens,
Caught in the camera eye.
I have no heart to lie,
I can't pretend a stranger
Is a long-awaited friend.

All the world's indeed a stage,
And we are merely players,
Performers and portrayers,
Each another's audience
Outside the gilded cage.

Words by neil peart, music by geddy lee and alex lifeson

A boy alone, and so far from home
Endless rooftops from my window
I felt the gloom of empty rooms
On rainy afternoons

Sometimes, in confusion
I felt so lost and disillusioned
Innocence gave me confidence
To go up against reality

All the same
We take our chances
Laughed at by time
Tricked by circumstances
Plus ça change
Plus c'est la même chose
The more that things change
The more they stay the same

Now I've gained some understanding
Of the only world that we see
Things that I once dreamed of
Have become reality

These walls that still surround me
Still contain the same old me
Just one more who's searching for
A world that ought to be

Biography for
Neil Peart

Neil has served as both drummer and lyricist for the rock band Rush since 1975, joining bassist/vocalist Geddy Lee and guitarist Alex Lifeson.
On February 26, 1997, he and his bandmates Geddy Lee and Alex Lifeson became the first rock musicians to be inducted into the prestigious position of Officers of the Order of Canada. This is the highest honor bestowed upon a civilian by the Canadian government. According to the Ottawa Sun, "The award was given as much for their community service as for their contribution to the arts. They have raised over $1 million for food banks and the United Way."
Beginning on August 10, 1997, immediately following Rush's "Test For Echo" tour, Neil Peart endured concurrent, seemingly unendurable tragedies when his daughter (and only child) died in a car accident, and his wife died from cancer 10 months later.

The Trees
Words by neil peart, music by geddy lee and alex lifeson

There is unrest in the forest
There is trouble with the trees
For the maples want more sunligh
And the oaks ignore their pleas

The trouble with the maples
(and they're quite convinced they're right)
They say the oaks are just too lofty
And they grab up all the light
But the oaks can't help their feelings
If they like the way they're made
And they wonder why the maples
Can't be happy in their shade?

There is trouble in the forest
And the creatures all have fled
As the maples scream `oppression!`
And the oaks, just shake their heads

So the maples formed a union
And demanded equal rights
'the oaks are just too greedy
We will make them give us light'
Now there's no more oak oppression
For they passed a noble law
And the trees are all kept equal
By hatchet,
And saw ...

...and where does all that contemptuous "hip" "gnosis" bring you?

2112 Overture/The Temples of Syrinx
I. overture
Words and music by geddy lee, alex lifeson, and neil peart

And the meek shall inherit the earth:

Luke 22

24And there was also a strife among them, which of them should be accounted the greatest.
25And he said unto them, The kings of the Gentiles exercise lordship over them; and they that exercise authority upon them are called benefactors.
26But ye shall not be so: but he that is greatest among you, let him be as the younger; and he that is chief, as he that doth serve.
27For whether is greater, he that sitteth at meat, or he that serveth? is not he that sitteth at meat? but I am among you as he that serveth.
28Ye are they which have continued with me in my temptations.
29And I appoint unto you a kingdom, as my Father hath appointed unto me;
30That ye may eat and drink at my table in my kingdom, and sit on thrones judging the twelve tribes of Israel.

Government programs don't "keep people out of poverty". They compulsorily redistribute poverty from the destructive/consumptive side of the real economy to the creative/productive side. Deficit government spending/ fiat currency infusions extend the redistribution of contemporary poverty into the creative/productive economic output of future generations of "taxpayers". That's what you do, you bastard. Spend the taxes of people who don't even exist yet, and therefore cannot even begin to inform their "representative" government of their preferences or withdraw their consent when it acts contrary to their interests. The only people more detestable than you in this soulless, predatory/parasitic macro-economic scheme are your constituent beneficiary accomplices in the electorate of the United States of America. Broken Arrow!
Here's kicking your dust off my feet, Noble Champion of the "downtrodden":