Welcome back to another round of Freedom Friday. I hope you’ve had a productive and positive week so far. Why don’t you let me and other readers know what you’ve enjoyed in the comments below?
Before I get into what I enjoyed this week, here are some of my top posts:
What I’m Reading
Travels in Hyperreality by Umberto Eco.
I recently began reading this collection of essays by Eco. He’s writing about hyperrealities. Interesting topic. Some of what he writes about is slightly boring. But I enjoy the man’s writing style. It flows like water and makes you feel like you enter his mind.
What I’m Listening To
Tim Bergling, AKA Avicii, was a Swedish musician who came to fame in 2011 with his song Levels. From that point forward, he was a heavy hitter in the global music industry.
Tragically, he killed himself in 2018.
But that didn’t stop the living from cashing in on his name. Some time ago, his single SOS got released posthumously and I gave it a listen. It was very catchy, which should be expected from one of the world’s most famous DJs, but after a while, I got struck by the demonic undertone it had.
Suicidal lyrics hidden behind the veil of a catchy beat.
I get robbed of all my sleep
As my thoughts begin to bleed
I’d let go, but I don’t know how
Yeah, I don’t know how, but I need to now
I can feel your love pullin’ me up from the underground
He literally talking about being in hell (underground) while some rad tune is blasting in the background.
Here’s what is shocking:
For some reason, me, my woman and a friend of hers were talking about the song during a BBQ night. The friend said, with a warm, empathic voice:
I’m glad he found peace after all. Most people who take suicide are actually happy for some time before they kill themselves.
Do you realize how fucked up that is? People have been brainwashed to get a warm, fuzzy feeling of people killing themselves! If suicidal people are happy during the last few weeks before they end it… why would they end it?
Our population — your friends and family — is being programmed to view suicide as something positive. They want us to die, and people accept it like slaves.
What I’m Watching
Vox Day describes himself as a better writer than speaker, which I agree with. But his daily live streams are still interesting.
Here is one of them I recently rewatched, entitled Fight Club was never about fighting.
The true meaning behind Fight Club is one most people don’t understand. And although the movie is pretty good, from an entertainment standpoint, the underlying message is subversive.
Play his video on 1.5x playback speed and be patient. His insights are interesting:
Those were some of the things I enjoyed this week.
I wish you a good weekend.
And until next time,
— Alexander Contrarian