(Guest Blog for IDProject)
I’m taking a page from my friend and fellow IDP
blogger Jon Rubinstein
, who has a knack for seeing Buddhist linings in unlikely places, whether it be in a video for “Shots! Shots! Shots!
” or in an appearance by Chris Brown on “Good Morning America.
” For days I’ve had the Mötley Crüe power chord extravaganza “Same Ol’ Situation
” buzzing in my ears, and somewhere during the umpteenth listening while prowling the streets of Manhattan it finally dawned on me why. (Repetition, like rain, will eventually clear the air. Or make things muggy.)
Personal feelings about Tommy, Nikki, Vince and Mick aside, these guys are just singing about samsara, the endless wheel of suffering, plain and simple. Take away the scantily clad back-up singers and the misogynistic lyrics and you’ve got a band wailing away about how suffering never ceases, no matter how many trips around the world they take. Wherever, whenever, it’s the same ol’ situation, it’s the same ol’ ball and chain. Read more…