Okay, I’ve been trying to piece together the quote/monologue at the end of Avenged
Sevenfold’s new album, The Stage, on the song ‘Exist’ by Neil Degrasse
Tyson. It’s a monologue made up from quotes from his ‘Cosmic
Perspective’ talk from Hayden Planetarium. There’s a few bits I’m unsure on, so if anyone has the correct wording, please tell me!
Here it is:
We have one collective pulse; The Earth. And yet uncounted people remain homeless.
Famine and calamity abound.
. Sufferers hurl themselves into the arms of war. People kill and get killed in the name of someone elses concept of God. Dare we admit that our thoughts and behaviors spring from a belief that the world revolves around us? Each fabricated conflict, self murdering bond, vanished airplane. Every fictionalized dictator, biased Cartesian and wayward son. Part the curtains of society’s racial, ethnic, religious, national and cultural conflicts? and you find the human ego turning the knobs and pulling the levers.
When I track the orbits of asteroids, comets, and planets, each one a pirouetting dancer in a cosmic ballet, choreographed by the forces of gravity, I see beyond the plight of humans. I see a universe ever expanding, with it’s galaxies embedded within the ever-stretching, four-dimensional fabric of space and time. However big our world is —in our hearts, our minds, and our out-sized atlases? The universe is even bigger.
There are more stars in the universe than grains of sand on the world’s beaches. More stars in the universe than seconds of time that have passed since Earth formed. More stars than words and sounds ever uttered by all the humans who have ever lived. The day we cease exploration of the cosmos? Is the day we threaten the continuous of our species. In that bleak world, arms-bearing, resource-hungry people and nations would be prone to act on their “low contracted prejudices.” And would have seen the last gasp of human enlightenment—until the rise of a visionary new culture once again embraces the cosmic perspective. A perspective in which we are one. Fitting neither above, nor below. But within.
-The Pre-Hamilton Lin Manuel Miranda singing a song that’s far out of his range. -The Pre WWII setting of the musical. (Any other situation, I would hate this) -That orchestra though. -The singers leading him into the song and their perfect pitch. -The hum of the VHS camera. - “YOUR CUP OF POISON!” -The idea that simply putting someone in white clothing is the same as them being Jesus. -Why did they cast him as Jesus and not Judas?
I just love this video, and nothing will convince me not to. Maybe one
day I’ll release my full cover of “Agony”, from Into The Woods.
“You know, I get it,” Neil said. “Being raised as a superstar must be really, really difficult for you. Always a commodity, never a human being, not a single person in your family thinking you’re worth a damn off the court—yeah, sounds rough. Kevin and I talk about your intricate and endless daddy issues all the time. I know it’s not entirely your fault that you are mentally unbalanced and infected with these delusions of grandeur, and I know you’re physically incapable of holding a decent conversation with anyone like every other normal human being can, but I don’t think any of us should have to put up with this much of your bullshit. Pity only gets you so many concessions, and you used yours up about six insults ago. So please, please, just shut the fuck up and leave us alone.”
Okay, guys, imagine this:
Everyone knows that Neil doesn’t dance while at the club so everyone just assumes he can’t dance.
But guys, what if at one of the banquets the foxes manage to get him just a little tipsy.
Then when everything is cleared Andrew and Neil just stand to the side, until the DJ decided to put on some salsa. And guys, Neil just loves salsa.
And tipsy Neil just HAS to dance.
So, he finds Nicky, because he’s the only other one that actually knows how to properly salsa and drags him onto the dance floor.
And the others are just confused because Neil can’t dance???
BUT THEN HE DOES!
And everyone just loses their shit because Jesus christ who knew Neil could move his hips like that?!?!
And Andrew is internally loosing his shit, raising the percent with every roll of his hips.
Then after a few moments Andrew gets fed up with everyobe watching Neil, and Neil effecting his body in a way that is NOT appropriate at the time, and drags Neil off the dance floor and off of the court to find a room that they can lock,