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#OffScript

People identify with the Audi Scripted Life commercial because we so often say and do what is expected of us (follow the script) instead of being who God created us to be.

We are aware, sometimes painfully aware, that everything and everyone is currently a distorted version of his/her/its highest form.

C.S. Lewis quote

The closer one comes to his or her highest form in Christ (like the straight line in the quote above), the more likely he or she is to be tarred and feathered with the helpful suggestions and sugary slogans of believers who accept the distorted version as the norm.

“Fitter Happier” by Radiohead “consists of sampled musical and background sound and lyrics recited by a synthesized voice from the Macintosh SimpleText application” and is described by songwriter Thom Yorke as “the most upsetting thing I’ve ever written” (Wikipedia).

It is both disturbing and beautiful — disturbing, because it exposes the perishing cosmic stratagem, and beautiful, because it provides excellent contrast from which one may, perhaps, better understand the true meaning of the aionios zoe in Christ.

Fitter Happier

more productive
comfortable
not drinking too much
regular exercise at the gym (3 days a week)
getting on better with your associate employee contemporaries
at ease
eating well (no more microwave dinners and saturated fats)
a patient better driver
a safer car (baby smiling in back seat)
sleeping well (no bad dreams)
no paranoia
careful to all animals (never washing spiders down the plughole)
keep in contact with old friends (enjoy a drink now and then)
will frequently check credit at (moral) bank (hole in wall)
favors for favors
fond but not in love
charity standing orders
on sundays ring road supermarket
(no killing moths or putting boiling water on the ants)
car wash (also on sundays)
no longer afraid of the dark
or midday shadows
nothing so ridiculously teenage and desperate
nothing so childish
at a better pace
slower and more calculated
no chance of escape
now self-employed
concerned (but powerless)
an empowered and informed member of society (pragmatism not idealism)
will not cry in public
less chance of illness
tires that grip in the wet (shot of baby strapped in back seat)
a good memory
still cries at a good film
still kisses with saliva
no longer empty and frantic
like a cat
tied to a stick
that’s driven into
frozen winter shit (the ability to laugh at weakness)
calm
fitter, healthier and more productive
a pig
in a cage
on antibiotics

Comments
  • Mary Vanderplas September 30, 2014 at 5:18 am

    Wow. The song graphically portrays a life that is lived by the watchwords safety, sobriety (in its larger meaning), self-control….a life that conforms to standards of respectability, of responsible adulthood, and that has certain unquestionable benefits as far as ease in living is concerned, but that in the end isn’t worth living – a life that is constricted and unfulfilling, a life from which the human spirit longs to break free. I agree that the picture painted here contrasts sharply with the life we were meant to live: a life of freedom and joy in relationship with God and others, a life that risks and trusts and invests, a life that gives itself away for the sake of God’s purposes in the world.

    I can see why the songwriter said that this song is the most upsetting thing he’s ever written. It’s haunting – and at the same time, I agree, appealing, beckoning us to the life we were created to live and that by God’s grace in Christ we can live, loving God and others with our whole selves (and so realizing our true humanity).

  • Stephen Helbig September 30, 2014 at 9:28 am

    We are aware, sometimes painfully aware, that everything and everyone is currently a distorted version of his/her/its highest form.

    One of the mete outs ~ to entering and partaking in zoe life ~ is the finding out of where zoe life is not ~ in our vaities of vanities
    So HOW Is this administered ?

    ~ Free will? ~ Great Question ~
    ~ Vanity ?
    ~ ” What was I comparing this universe with when I called it unjust?”

    p.s. ~ Mary hit it on the HEAD with her proclamation ~ ” LOVING GOD AND OTHERS ~ With our WHOLE selves”

    p.s.s. ~ “The greatest is ~ LOVE” ( 1 Cor. 13)

    p.s.s.t. ~ “God IS Love” ~ So Beloved let us love one another, for everyone that loveth is born of God and knoweth God. ~ He that loveth Not ~
    knoweth NOT God (1 Jn. 4: 7-8)

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