Virtual Insanity

In 1996, while on a business trip to London, one of the songs at the top of the charts was Virtual Insanity by Jamiroquai. I bought the long play single (vinyl) and listened to it at least a hundred times.

It’s a great song that holds up even 25 years later. The video is mesmerizing, it took the song’s popularity to new heights. It’s especially notable, considering that they didn’t use computer-generated effects. After you’ve watched it a few times, try to guess how they keep moving the floor. Give up? Search for the video of the director discussing how it was made.

For some reason, it came to mind recently, and I watched it another couple of dozen times. This time I paid closer attention to the lyrics, back then we didn’t have the Internet to look up every song ever made.

And now every mother can choose the colour
Of her child
That’s not nature’s way
Well, that’s what they said yesterday
There’s nothin’ left to do but pray
I think it’s time I found a new religion
Whoa, it’s so insane to synthesize another strain
There’s something in these futures that we have to be told

What seems to bother him, besides the environment, is the way people might choose to run away from their own race, to signal that their original skin color is inferior to another color.

In previous generations, many Jews converted to other religions. Not out of belief, or because they were searching for a “better” religion, but out of convenience. They wanted to get into a better college (there were quotas back then) or join a country club. But when I paid attention to the lyrics this time around, they took on a whole new meaning for me.

  • They never imagined the insanity that is now considered “science”
  • I think it’s time I found a new religion
    • Perhaps we should just stop following the false god of the week
      • The false god of socialism, which has lead to misery, death, and destruction for 100’s of millions of people.
    • The “old” religions make more sense than ever before

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