||"Crying On The Bathroom Floor"
||Do you love or fear the things you don't already know?|
||I feel more and more like everything begins with this.|
||"Collide - Krasnoyarsk"
||If you fear them, you naturally seek to protect yourself from them,|
||"End Up Here"
||and in doing so, you necessarily give up on understanding them,|
||and save yourself from having to reconcile your goals with theirs.|
||Like Water 4
||Thus you seek to build walls so that it doesn't take constant effort to protect yourself from being exposed to the unknown.|
||Thus you are drawn to circular belief-systems that are not subject to external validation or contradiction.|
||Pride Of Lions
||"All I See Is You!"
||Thus all noises from outside your walls become storm roar and the howling of dire unseen wolves.|
||AS IT IS
||Thus are you drawn to leaders who tell you that those walls form the only safe citadel,|
||"Cold Heart (Warm Blood)"
||and the others outside unprotected by those walls and faith are a substance and a mass.|
||"Eastbound & Down"
||Red, Green or Inbetween
||And once you allow other people to be Other, your moral calculus is pretty much determined.|
||You can be preached to about kindness, and you will say "But I allow the wolves to live".|
||You can see suffering and place it outside your walls.|
||"Guilty as Charged"
||You can understand dissent as the insidious influence of wolves, and respect it with merciful exile.|
||Beneath The Spin Light
||"Wolves have their place. This is ours."|
||Falling In Reverse
||You can gather threadbare throngs in half-empty malls and tell them that we are trapped here,|
||Youth in Revolt
||"Don't Wait for Me"
||and we have only those of us inside to rely upon.|
||You can push the strange flavors to the side of your plate, and carefully eat the potatoes you recognize.|
||From First To Last
||The scraps can be thrown over the walls.|
||Hurray For The Riff Raff
||And afterwards, by tallow light, you can add entries to your list of the telltale signs of wolfblood that may appear among you:|
||- speaking the guttural and licentious languages of the wolves|
||"Blame - Bunker Sessions"
||- eating the poisonous weeds and fungi of the wolves|
||"Risk to Exist"
||- healing wounded wolves or their wounded prey|
||"Still Believe (Radio Edit)"
||Still Believe 2
||- nursing the offspring of wolves|
||- recognizing individual wolves or learning their names for themselves|
||- behaving in the half-observed or rumored manner of the wolves|
||- falling in love with wolves|
||- howling at night|
||"Three Worlds: Music From Woolf Works / Orlando: Modular Astronomy"
||The New Division
||- anything at night|
||Triumphant Trump +1
||- anything but compliant silence|
||And status, among you, will accrue to those who maintain the walls and devise the counter-measures.|
||When the wolves stand upright, your leaders will adopt a secret limp so that you may know your own.|
||Allting låter som Slipknot
||When the wolves imitate your arts, you will canonize your anthems and learn to recognize how they sound when sung as rote affirmation.|
||When the wolves thrive, you will be stewards of your mythologies of how it must have been before the wolves came,|
||when these festering strongholds must have been unguarded virgin oases of tranquil hooded purity.|
||Raise Your Expectations
||Thus your numbers are beseiged strength and the wolf numbers demonstrate their profligate bestiality.|
||"Lonely Night (Acoustic Version, Newly Re-recorded)"
||The Valley Of Tears - The Ballads
||Thus your preconceptions are tradition, and the wolves' axioms are corruption.|
||"Ten Miles Wide"
||But here's the thing.|
||"Ahora Lloras Tú"
||These ways you draw together and cultivate dominance are exactly the defining characteristics of pack societies.|
||Lights & Motion
||"We Only Have Forever"
||The way your voices fray when you raise them in righteous concerted fury, these are your words shredding as they exit through wolf teeth.|
||Set and Setting
||"The Idyllic Realm"
||This way you ostracize and isolate is exactly how animals circle to defend.|
||"Nihil Sine Causa"
||This instinctive way you reduce the world to reproduction and shows of force is the way of wolves.|
||Fast Animals and Slow Kids
||"Forse non è la felicità"
||The wolves eat those same potatoes.|
||Management Del Dolore Post Operatorio
||"Un incubo stupendo"
||The wolves are just as scared as you.|
||Not for Music
||But the wall does not solve this.|
||"Executioner's Tax (Swing of the Axe)"
||In fact, it's worse: the wall is a reasonable-seeming response to fear of difference and the absence of empathy for the wolves, but it actually blocks only empathy for the wolves.|
||And not wolves.|
||The wolves are among you, inside the walls.|
||"An Dà Là"
||An Dà Là - The Two Days
||They are among us. No matter who we think the wolves are, they are among us.|
||Up close, they don't look nearly as wolflike as they do out in the forests beyond the wall.|
||Up close, in fact, they look terrifyingly normal.|
||"Erie Changys (feat. Radio Tyulyush and Michael Red)"
||They look like us.|
||This is because they are us. There are no wolves. Of course there are no wolves.|
||Guarda-Chuvas e Universos
||Some of these people who say they are defending us against wolves are merely earnestly wrong. This is understandable, because forest shadows are scary.|
||But some of them are using the fear of wolves to distract you from their teeth as they creep towards your throat.|
||This is understandable, too. Who wouldn't want to be a wolf in that moment of vicious triumph?|
||This should be a rhetorical question. Nobody should want to be that wolf. A wolf's life is nothing to envy.|
||For wolves, Friday is not New-Release Day and the weekly reminder of humanity's irrepressible capacity for joy, it's Try Desperately Again to Not Die of Hunger Day.|
||"The Code of Hammurabi"
||You do not have to live that way. You do not have to listen to people who tell you you have to live that way.|
||"Indivisim: VII. Dalla Forma al Senza Forma"
||You do not need to cower in silence behind imaginary walls. Put on some music. Drown them out.|
||There are no wolves. The wolves do not exist.|
||"Mantra for Ur-Hekau"
||The Secret Barbarous Names
||(Also: Those wolves that do not exist? We are those wolves. We are coming for you, and all your walls will not save you.)|