© 1991, Roy Stucky
In the wind
Like a reed.
What we tried
Hell's black hole of lust draws all things in -
Breeding only night
Siring only sin
Stealing all you clutch in your mad rush to win.
What we think
In the mammon
What we tried
The love of money is the root of all evil. Not money. Greed. How long must we endure the misquote of money being that root? Money is an object, a tool like a shovel. We'd laugh to scorn anyone who said shovels were the root of all evil.
Greed is the root, the seed, because you cannot trust God when you worship at the altar of money. Jesus did not say you cannot both serve God and posses money. He said you cannot both serve God and serve money. Serving money is idolatry, a worship of something created instead of the Creator.
Despite the world's mocking the Scripture, when some low act has been carried out, the question people ask is, 'Who profits?' Our very frames of reference are described in monetary terms.
"Mistake want for need" is the error of thinking one must take in order to possess.
"Twist in the wind" is that we hang ourselves seeking to feed a greed that is never filled. It is also a play on the Scripture that riches have a way of sprouting wings and flying away from the covetous.
"Follow what we tried to lead" is that our greed, which we thought was acting out our self interest, pulls us along by the nose. History holds innumerable examples of greed leading people into destruction rather than riches.
"Take" is that greed does not want to plant and harvest, but rather to gain what others have planted. And how often do we find that once we have something, we no longer even desire let alone need it?
"Trust in the mammon creed" is that people worship their wealth rather than the Lord, Who is the source of their ability to get wealth.
"Black hole of lust" represents the way everything that falls into a black hole increases its pull. So too, greed worsens upon being fed. It also distorts the object of it's desire so greatly that even when we gain the object we have still lost it.
Steal Trust In God's Provision
The selfishness spawned by the isolation into which we are born expands into greed once we learn desire and how to manipulate our environment to satisfy it. As we grow more experienced, the manipulations become more sophisticated, or in the crude merely more intense.
Was any pagan knifing his children before a stone idol more depraved than some people in our era have been for money? What utterly disgusting deed would surprise our hardened generation once we learned it was done to gain ten billion dollars? And even more telling, how many people would have to think a moment before deciding whether they too would have done it for that much money? Yet how can anything be more obvious than that it is madness to gain the whole world by losing your soul?
Greed is the desire to possess what belongs to another, thus certainly covering more than money. How does this square with 'the love of money'? Money is a symbol of material worth, of power over things in this world. As a simple example, the money to buy food is to have power over hunger. To love money is thus to lust for power, and in particular power to do things for yourself. This is why it is harder for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the Kingdom of Heaven. The rich trust in their ability to do things by their own power, yet no person can work themselves to Heaven.
The desire to sieze what does not belong to you is precisely the predatory nature. Further, trace the history of greed. Though he held a position of great honor, Lucifer was not satisfied with this, and tried to take for himself the power and glory belonging to God alone. After that resulted in his being tossed from Heaven, Satan talked Adam into taking the fruit that belonged to God in an effort to be wise on his own apart from God. Our enlightened generation now believes money is our source of provision when in fact our very breath comes from God.
Money is a reduction of complexity into something that can be ascertained mathematically. Shoes and potatoes and an hour of a plumber's time are not similar items, but the money system reduces these distinctions into dollars and cents. The degree of reduction is even greater than that of the labeling described in Asylumthink, because the entity and it's dollar value generally bear no similarity.
Because of this, the love of money causes a gross imbalance in a person who comes to measure everything in terms of it's dollar value. When monetary value is used to reduce the most complex object in this world, a human being, into a commodity, this imbalance crosses the line to becoming a direct evil.
Do not misunderstand. We are not saying employment is an evil. Rather, it is evil when an employer is so driven by the love of money as to see their employees as mere commodities. But people are reduced to dollar values in more areas than simply the employer/employee relationship. One of the worst of these instances is when a person comes to measure their own value in monetary terms alone.
A whole person holds money and it's system in proper context. Money is an exchange convenience, albeit a very successful convenience. But God is the source of your life and your ability to get wealth. A whole person will not sink so low as to love of the symbol of provision more than the Provider.
Our flesh wants everything now, but what we gain through our own power is a mere shadow of God's reward. And when His reward comes, we don't just get the fruit, we get the entire tree.
Here is original greed. "I will be like the Most High" was the lust to take the position that belongs to God.
"When the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was
pleasant to the eyes, and a tree to be desired to make one wise, she took
of the fruit and ate, and gave also to her husband with her; and he did
Satan sold the greed that had banished him from Heaven to Eve, and Adam. Note the similarity between "I will be like the Most High" and "you will be as gods." They walked with God in Eden, had been given dominion over the earth, yet wanted more; wanted the one thing on earth God had not given them.
The Holy Bible
Keep the Aspidistra Flying
This lyric was written in October of 1991.
The idea came from hearing yet another song mocking, in misquote, money being the root of all evil. It was obvious such a song would fit well on an album about evil. We were also looking for a song where we could jam at speed.
Video Script (still under construction)
Unordered images, to be shown very nearly as fast as comprehensible.
a Soviet tank
stack of credit cards
a Soviet Party store followed by an empty public one
"You've won a free trip" card with 900 number
Shah of Iran coronation
snake oil traveling medicine show
strip mine (1975 234)
Mexican shanty town on US border
pyramid at Giza
bombing of Columbian government bldg.
hawkers outside Gilmour Utah execution
United Nations bldg.
Chicago slaughter house
art auction (1975 105)
photo of Somoza (1980 161)
slaves working cotton field
barrels in an illegal toxic waste dump
California migrant workers
Amelda Marcos' closet
unmarked map of Africa chronologically has colonial boundaries drawn on it
Old West boom town
Judas taking 30 pieces of silver
OPEC meeting (1980 201)
person buying lottery ticket
blacks working South African diamond mine
Klondike gold rush
70's gas lines
Industrial Revolution London
Cortes ransoming Montezuma
ancient whaling ship
Oklahoma gold rush
Quick Shop holdup