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Most adults have long ago given up any attempt to even minimize their existential isolation. But social isolation is another matter.

There are a host of vehicles by which people attempt to escape social isolation. Sadly, many of these, like taverns, have climates where the predatory nature of the world thrives. What thrill exists here comes with bitter pills whose effect endures long after the 'fun' has ended. Hedonism carries the seeds of it's own destruction.

Particularly in an affluent society like the U.S., people often become ensnared in the pursuit of the thrill, with ever deepening 'crashes' after the thrill has once again faded. Like any addiction, the thrill shrinks and the withdrawal deepens over time, amplifying the need that first drove the person to even seek the original thrill. If a person does not break free of this cycle, eventually nothing of the thrill remains, and they are left with only a miserable habit.

The sense of desperation in the drive to break our social isolation demonstrates how we have internalized the world's disregard for our identity, and now have little or no sense of our worth. So we sell the birthright of our souls for Essau's momentary carnal satisfaction.

This song is about the "dancers" seen in Performers, showing that while they have more "control" than those people without knowledge, they are hardly the "ruler" of the system.


Birthright

There is a general lack of understanding of the full nature of birthright. It involves far more than a family inheritance structure.

Satan was not born, and so was an illegal on this planet. Jesus had legal authority in this realm by being born. The parable of the sheepfold points out, among other things, this contrast. Jesus said the true shepherd enters through the gate, and that those who come in by some other means are thieves.

Properly understood, birthright illuminates the reason why God became man. Seen from this perspective, human beings have a far greater worth than we have ever imagined.


An addictive lifestyle certainly distorts our image, but wisdom goes beyond thinking about ourselves. A whole person applies the understanding they use on their personal situations to the larger world.

Compassion is a key characteristic of a whole person, as repeatedly demonstrated by Jesus. Compassion forbids scorn for someone locked in a party cycle fleeing the pain of loneliness. Rather, compassion remembers that our salvation came through grace.

The whole person sees that hedonism is a cutting form of despair because it encourages a person to go again and again to the well to drink what satisfies less and less, until it does not satisfy at all. Wisdom knows the solution to the human heart does not lie here.