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Christianity | Reviewer: Rebecca | 6/22/09
How can anyone be content with being a part of an institution based on FEAR and HOPE? Psychologically, that is a problem for me. "It gives me hope." Hope--that Jesus even existed, that heaven exists, that there is a legitimate reason (that doesn't eradicate christianity) for why the gospels contradict each other, but really: that if I do good things and repent for my sins, I will be saved. Fear-- that if we don't abide by the rules, made by a hypocritical, patriarchal hierarchy of mythics, we might indeed burn in a vast fire pit, suffer eternal damnation, or risk being in absence of Goodness for an eternity after we die.
How it's done: religion acts as an OPIATE, an addiction. I understand that religion has it's perks.I had been a christian most of my life. It provided me with stability, constancy, a sense of direction. It supported my weak mentality. People need to stop being afraid of the idea that humans are simply animals, a biological result of natural selection. We search for things like religion because we are capable of cognition, and we like the idea of being the most important beings on earth. The further an animal's brain develops, the more advanced its needs for entertainment and stability become. Whether or not it's true, most people block all this out because they allow opiates to overwhelm. what other ideas have they been blocking out?
Have you ever heard somebody say something like this:
"Just look at how amazing our bodies are. So beautiful and intricate and efficient. There must be someone out there who designed all this. He really knew what he was doing." ?
Take this into consideration: If our bodies weren't so amazingly intricate, if they were anything less than perfect, they wouldn't work.
And have you heard: "God has to exist! Wouldn't it be terrible if, after we die, NOTHING HAPPENS?!"
This is absolutely no reason to believe there is a god. It is a conclusion drawn from emotion, deeming it out of the bounds of logic.
ANYWAY. It's a good song, and I certainly respect the bands music, both it's technical aspect and the ideas it puts forth.
god damn pussy | Reviewer: 1337 | 3/30/09
People like to decipher the hidden meanings in songs. It doesn't mean they are right. Most reviews specify that this is what THEY think and they DON'T need YOU(*cough* writer of "goddamn pussy") to tell them that they are wrong. Because they never said they were right to begin with. You on the other hand made that very mistake... You think you are right... However you are entitled to your opinion and I'm entitled to mine and EVERYONE is entitled to theirs and will not make a ridiculous attempt like yours to stop you. However if anyone needs to stop it's you... I only wait til your IP gets banned.
btw "Please thin of the song as you like but stop making it your own sick little message." You contradicted yourself you fool. Don't listen to tool. You're obviously not smart enough. You couldn't find the meaning in a song if it were in the song title.
Meaning of Opiate | Reviewer: Songmeaning | 2/26/09
This song is a satirical representation of organized religion, and it's control of the people. As the deaf, dumb and blind followers are led, they are being violated. This song is a bit dramatic, with rants of God wanting to rape the listener and blind them with his lies, but it does provide a thoughtful message into Tool's feelings towards hypocrisy and corruption in the church. The title, Opiate, is allusion to Karl Marx's quote "Religion is the opiate of the masses"
As for the etymology of the word opiate, it can be traced back through latin, then greek to opos; which mean vegetable juice.
Goddamn Pussy | Reviewer: Anonymous | 1/31/09
Jezus Christ... Can you guys stop being total dumb asses for once? Please thin of the song as you like but stop making it your own sick little message. If one says they tell you they are against organized religion OK THATS FINE Go cry about it in some corner or whatever BOODIEBOOBOO I THINK MAYNARD DOESNT LIKE GOD, Maybe Maynard doesnt like me!! OMG WHAT TO DO??! WHAT TO DO?!! stop bitching about it :P Goddamn u people make me sick. Ask Maynard what he means for godsake because this kind of bullshit pisses me off!
opiate? | Reviewer: Anonymous | 1/4/09
people dont really see how this song relates to opiates. my best opinion about the relativity between opiates and people that blindly follow and lead religion is people will get addicted to their beliefs (or any belief), in the same way that people get addicted to opiates... they have a life-changing experience or two, and boom! the rest of their life is based around the drugs (or in this case, religion.) no matter how incorrect it might be, they are convinced that their beliefs are correct without reason.
sdfsd | Reviewer: dfssdf | 12/22/08
lol who gives a shit. if you dont like the lyrics go listen to christian contemporary music. there is a genre for everyone. most of the time the secular music is way better. blind faith is not questioned in music, and i like the way tool does it.
My take | Reviewer: MBII | 12/16/08
It is obvious that this song is against organized religion, which is fine, as everyone is entitled to their own opinion. My opinion is in disagreement to what Maynard is expressing here. While, doubtlessly, some religious leaders only want people to follow them blindly, I believe religion is meant to be followed purely based on a person's willingness to do so. Some of the religion teachers I've had have the opinion that you should never question anything, which both I and Maynard would agree is not exactly productive, but to question just so you can say "hey look I'm a progressive and Jesus is a lie" and stir up a fuss doesn't go much good either. Questioning for the sake of knowledge is a good idea. I will state again, not everyone has to be a fan of organized religion, and as somebody who IS, I still respect Tool, their awesome music, and their views. I still relate to alot [most] of their songs.
purpose | Reviewer: Slav | 12/7/08
You guys got the whole point wrong. The purpose of religion is indeed control over the masses, but controlling them for the greater good. Religion gives faith and hope, and without hope the desire to live just disappears. Is it not human to restore faith in those who have lost it and thus making them love life again? Making a man believe there is a devil will stop him from doing errors like murder or rape, of course.
Intentionally vague. | Reviewer: Shawn | 11/18/08
The song is said to be a lot of things. Personally I see it as a crack against televangelists and preachers. I don't see it so much as being a crack on God, more the people who feel they can "lead" the "flock". Earnest Angley, Joyce Meyers, Billie Graham, etc.
Cmon guys | Reviewer: Jon | 8/19/08
First off Maynard is far from a believer in Christianity. He has never been against spirituality, but he denounces organized religion particularly Christianity for what it truly is, an opiate for the masses as quoted by Karl Marx. This viewpoint is blatant throughout the entire song. Essentially what Maynard gets at is that all religion wants to do is to control you to have their way with you while dangling the promise of a better life or salvation over your head just as long as you do what they say and dont judge or question or think.
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