Sanding our assholes with 150 grit.

Most intellects

do not believe in God but they fear us just the same.

--Erykah Badu.





WHAT DOES SHE MEAN BY THAT?  I've been pondering this phrase for three days now.  Is she saying intellects fear "us" because "we" believe in God? Or is she saying that she herself belongs to the "intellects" and people fear the intellectuals because they don't believe in God?

Dammit. Somebody think for me!
Permalink Send private email sharkfish 
July 31st, 2007 10:08pm
Maybe "us" refers to deities in general? Or 'The God', known by many names?

I don't know, maybe I'm just talking out of my ass. Wouldn't be the first time.
Permalink Full name 
July 31st, 2007 10:12pm
Any other context?  There are tons of nice quotes that are hard to comprehend w/out the whole essay or whatever.  My favorite is one that almost means the opposite of what it's usually used for:

Love distills desire upon the eyes
Love brings a bewitching grace into the heart

Sounds great, right?  Look up quotes about love and you'll get this.  (It's from Euripides, I forget which play).  The next line, however, is:

of those whom it destroys.

Anyway, back to your quote, maybe she's speaking as a member of some group?  I recognize the name, but I don't remember who she is/was.
Permalink Send private email Ward 
July 31st, 2007 10:17pm
"Peace and blessings manifest with every lesson learn,
If your knowledge were your wealth then it will be well earn

If we were made in his image then call us by our names
Most intellects do not believe in god but they fear us just the same"
Permalink pondBacterium 
July 31st, 2007 10:43pm
I don't think this is too hard.

Erykah Badu is strongly religious, I presume in a Bible-thumping Christian kind of way. Bible thumping Christians have God on their side and are therefore to be feared (consider for example Daniel in the Lion's den).

Presumably if you don't believe in God, you would have no reason to fear a God-believer, yet Erykah suggests you fear them just the same.

Either she is mistaken, or she has a point. Personally I think she is mistaken. What she interprets as fear is in fact just opposition to her cause.
Permalink Send private email bon vivant 
July 31st, 2007 11:47pm
A helpful hint:

In real life, you should leave out the first sentence. You sound like the crust left over after you fuck an asshole.

Th
Permalink Send private email sharkfish 
July 31st, 2007 11:49pm
at was free of charge.
Permalink Send private email sharkfish 
July 31st, 2007 11:49pm
I dont agree its necessarily so clear cut.

is she known to be christian?  has announced herself as such?

if so, I agree with you.

but if not...

"If we were made in his image then call us by our names "

The 'if' there makes me think that maybe she is not, in which case a reasonable interpretation is sharkys second option where she is saying "why do christians fear us even though we dont have their god"
Permalink pondBacterium 
July 31st, 2007 11:49pm
in real life i wouldn't worry which boobs are fake or not. God/gods grant me a set, i take advantage.
Permalink heartsheep 
July 31st, 2007 11:56pm
In real life, you're right sharkfish, but this is CoT and in CoT I like to tickle you a bit. Sorry if you are offended, I don't mean anything hurtful by it.

As to whether Erykah is Christian, she certainly talks that way in some of her music. On the other hand she has apparently had two children out of wedlock, so maybe her religiosity is not of the regular Christian kind.
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August 1st, 2007 12:03am

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