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The Flaming Lips – Free Radicals

You are where you want to be. You are who you want to be. The people in your life are who you want in your life. The people not in your life are the ones you don’t want in your life.

That may sound vague but it basically means that who you are, whether you like that person or not, is completely the product of your creation. That’s how simple it is because even when we’re lost in thought our subconscious is still at work creating that which we consciously recognize as happening or don’t. That’s why mindfulness is so important because the thoughts you have can control your path without you even knowing it…

The mind is a wonderful servant, but a terrible master.”

Kanye recently wrote a I am a God” and before you get your panties in a bunch realize that it’s a metaphor for being made in the image of ultimate creation, God is just a word we’ve given to the dopest shit ever that nobody really understands. That said, we tend to act surprised when changes happen in our lives but as little creators, in the free world, we literally make everything that happens in our lives. Cognitive bias, denial, selfishness, ego, stubbornness and arrogance make us think external forces are responsible but in a place like the US that’s not entirely true. Here, were relatively free to control what and who comes into our lives. Despite the revolutionary things happening in politics at the moment were not controlled by some insane dictator telling us how to do everything. That said, if you let someone in your life capable of hurting you then you made that happen. You can’t blame the person because actions have no real meaning besides what we give it. Something that may seem right to you could be wrong to someone else and vice verse. That means you could be creating a path for yourself that accomplishes everything your subconscious truly desires while simultaneously destroying what you don’t. Once you’ve manifested this reality it’s up to you to take responsibility for it.

The Flaming Lips are legend bands and Free Radicals is by far one of my favorite of their jams. Sonically it’s a space age Prince meets an even weirder version of Bowie. Song wise it’s about people who over react to situations and take revenge in extreme ways. There are so many lawyers to the way the world operates and what the Flaming Lips are referring to is high power where very bad things are done and equally bad things are done in retaliation. It’s very complicated but parallel learning is always in effect. Often times when we dance with the devil we’re shocked at what comes back but look at humans like animals for a second. In wildlife a Lion will eat the shit out of Zebra, in cold blood to survive. No one judges a lion. But if you’re a Zebra and you walk in front of a pack of lions, you better be fast as lightning or accept that reality you created…

You know the consequences of your acts, you can’t be serious.” – Jay Z

You are where you want to be. You are who you want to be. The people in your life are who you want in your life. The reality you’re in is the one you created. The good, the bad, the ugly. Accept it, keep it if you like it or know your power and change it if you don’t. The Stoics strongly believe in enduring both hardship and happiness with an even keel to get to a higher truth. Until we become masters and can truly be mindful enough to see our own actions from outside of ourselves it’s wise to learn from such wisdom, being swayed to the far left and right by our own mind getting lost in thought is no way to fly. Enjoy.

The Flaming Lips – Free Radicals

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The Flaming Lips – Fight Test

This is my favorite song from Yoshimi Battles The Pink Robots. Produced by Dave Fridmanna (MGMT, Mercury Rev, Weezer, etc), the sophisticated musicality and first class production provide the perfect canvas for the songs strongest feature, the lyrics. The song is about putting up a fight and how sometimes that’s your only option if you don’t want to live in regret.

I thought I was smart, I thought I was right
I thought it better not to fight
I thought there was a virtue in always being cool
So when it came time to fight
I thought I’ll just step aside and that time would prove you wrong
And that you would be the fool.”

Two years ago I would have totally agreed with this song but now I don’t really believe in putting up fights anymore…

The victorious strategist only seeks battle after the victory has been won, whereas he who is destined to defeat first fights and afterwards looks for victory. – Sun Tzu

That’s not to say never fight, sometimes it truly is your only option but you have to make sure it’s worth it. At the end of Fight Test, Michael Ivins looks at the situation and realizes fighting is useless because the girl he’s wanted already went with someone else, smart man.

I don’t chase em, I replace em… – Notorious B.I.G. (One More Chance)

I’ll tell you how you decide, man up, don’t worry about silliness and keep rocking. People get so caught up in matters of love that they completely lose perspective. Seriously, there are more than 6 billion people in the world, familiarity and comfort must be like heroine for some of us if losing 1 makes us depressed. The nature of the universe is that there are endless possibilities so getting caught on anything be it love, work or whatever just doesn’t make sense. Just keep it moving and you are guaranteed to find something a better. A lot of the traditional schools of thought don’t really help us deal with modern problems correctly so we have to use our own judgement to change them, everything is about perspective…

Whatever way we observe the world around us is what comes back to us…”

Anyways, this song sounds great and feels even better, enjoy.

The Flaming Lips – Fight Test