by Jason Stotts

Usually Tool is not one of my favorite bands – I find their songs to be overly long and not that great. However, recently I hear a song of theirs called “Disgustipated” off the Undertow album that makes a great philisiophical point. I’ve included the lyrics below, but to even half understand what’s going on you’d need to hear the song.

[Said as if from a pulpit by a televangelist]

And the angel of the lord came unto me, snatching me up from my place of slumber. And took me on high, and higher still until we moved to the spaces betwixt the air itself. And he brought me into a vast farmlands of our own midwest. And as we descended, cries of impending doom rose from the soil. One thousand, nay a million voices full of fear. And terror possesed me then. And I begged, “Angel of the Lord, what are these tortured screams?” And the angel said unto me, “These are the cries of the carrots, the cries of the carrots! You see, Reverend Maynard, tomorrow is harvest day and to them it is the holocaust.” And I sprang from my slumber drenched in sweat like the tears of one million terrified brothers and roared, “Hear me now, I have seen the light! They have a consciousness, they have a life, they have a soul! Damn you! Let the rabbits wear glasses! Save our brothers!” Can I get an amen? Can I get a hallelujah? Thank you Jesus.

[In a violent whisper, repeated as a response]

Life feeds on life feeds on life feeds on life feeds on…

This is necessary.

What’s great about the song is that it sets up as a foil the position of someone who thinks that eating even plants is wrong because they’re alive and then points out that this is obviously absurd as life is self-perpetuating and in order to continue, higher organisms (animals) have to eat plants, and then higher animals eat those animals, all the way up until we humans eat everything below us. This is their point “life feeds on life” and their forceful conclusion “This is necessary.”

Thank you Tool for putting something so clearly.

I’d like to add one thing to their argument though: “This is necessary – this is right!”

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