Why, you may ask, do I harp on and on about the subject of Music… The answer is simple. (And because the answer is so deceptively simple, I suspect the answer just might true.)
Music possesses only the pure perfection of fact – a fact rising in rhythms of sound. Rhythms which seem inhuman, because they’re essentially free from desire, fear and distress. Free from all the visions of glory, honor or the longing we impose upon music’s facade. Free from the emotional baggage, without which we cannot listen to any merely human music. For whatever remains when the merely human has been stripped from our arts, must be the essence of a communication from we know not where… with we know not what.
Do not mistake what I’m saying. Don’t read into it more than I myself am willing to stand by. I’m not saying religion is right and science is wrong. I’m not saying science is right and religion is wrong. I’m not saying that your faith, wherever it lies, has been mistakenly placed on the wrong side. What I am saying is that we’re trading one set of oppressors for another.
Science has become the ‘new theocracy’. Scientists are those about whom we now dare not doubt; for to do so invites universal condemnation. To question the Holy Science is to bring derision down upon you. They cannot damn you to Hell for doing so… yet. But they’re an imaginative species – and as their rational footing becomes ever less sure, the creativity with which they conjure ever more bizarre universes becomes increasingly impressive. Can a scientific equivalent for hell be far behind?
“It doesn’t matter what you believe. Science is about fact. Facts are true.” Yet scientists cannot demonstrate their truth without resorting to their own specialized knowledge and language, and their own immutable assumptions; their initial ‘givens proved’ generated by scientists long gone. If I’m to truly understand them, I must know what they know. I must be educated as they were, and indoctrinated into their school. I must take it on faith that what has gone before really has been proven. I must believe in their creed. How am I thus different from the lowliest believer in a god or gods he cannot see?