Been thinking recently about the song “By the Rivers of Babylon” (mainly the Melodians version: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3NcbyzqILd8). About state repression and the desire for freedom, and Ferguson, and the power of the state. A friend sent me this great image of a biblical illustration. I love the river flowing from the man’s (Jehovah?) mouth.
Where is salvation? Where is freedom? Where can we find peace? The captors required of their captives a song. Ours require a purchase. Both a buy and a buy-in to the goods and to the system itself. It’s not optional. Like one great tweet about Ferguson stated, “They hate us for our freedom.”