What you should and what you do

It took me way too long to start getting into As I Lay Dying, a metal core band formed in 2000. The members are all Christian, but I don’t know if they label themselves as a Christian band. I recently started listening to them, and I have found a song that I’d call my favorite. It’s titled “The Sound of Truth,” and was born from their album, An Ocean Between Us, released in 2007.

“We have all heard what we wanted to hear
“Truth;” that sounds right to our ears.”

I like this opening a lot. The way he sings it is amazing, and the lyrics hold a steady truth in itself. Most people ignore things that they don’t want to hear, so that they don’t have to deal with it. So, they call it the truth, and nothing but the truth; but that lie by any other name will smell just as sour.

“But what wisdom is there within us
To live based on the feeling of our hearts
How many times has instinct let us down
Never to be thought through
Never to be questioned
Say what you really mean
When your ambition calls you
For what use is there in praying
If you will only hear what you want to hear?”

Basically this chunk is saying, we live off of our emotions, but we all know it’s dumb to do so since it’s let us down so many times. We never really think our emotions through, do we? An emotion will peak out its little horned head, and you will willingly accept it without any delay. However, when you go to ask for advice, or help, to fix the situation you and your emotion got yourself into, you wave it away simply because it’s not what you want to hear. It’s like cough syrup; you know very well that it will help you, but the taste is so unappealing to you that you won’t go near it.
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