Megadeth, The Symphony of Destruction explains corrupt leaders perfectly

If you have been alive in the last few years you have turned on the news and seen a story about corruption, corruption in search of power, abuse of power, or just plain abuse (involving someone in a position of you guessed it….power).
For a long time it was politician a accusing politician b of being whatever or calluding with whoever. Now it is wall to wall Hollywood heavyweights (male) behaving badly. What we are discovering is this has gone on for decades without being reported. The skeptic in me says people will do anything, no matter how demeaning for…you guess it, access to power (in this case I equate fame and fortune to power).
So, what the hell does this have to do with the Megadeath tune Symphony of Destruction, released way back in June of 1992?
Let’s take a look at some of the lyrics and dissect it a little bit.

You take a mortal man
And put him in control
Watch him become a god
Watch people’s heads a’roll
A’roll, a’ roll

There is an old saying that goes “Power corrupts; absolute power corrupts absolutely.” Well, Megadeath merely modernized this saying, perhaps explaining it a little bit. We have to look societally at how we treat politicians and celebrities. We hang on their every word, we hope that the President will say something just the way we want, we look to movie producers for directions that pop culture will go (in other words what will be and what won’t be popular). We do this instead of decided all for ourselves, we look to these famous people for what we should think, thus treating them like a god (small g on purpose).
Should we do this? Why are some of the people we look up to even famous? I mean, seriously there are a few I see on magazine covers that are famous for not a whole lot other than nudity stunts (let’s face it, that’s all it is in some cases).
For others, *cough* Weistein, it is because he can MAKE you famous, and for that we love(d) him. Does that make his behavior ok? Well, no, it doesn’t but remember what we learned in that paragraph or phrase. We gave him the power to make gods. We allowed that corruption to go on for years without saying anything.
Let’s look at the refrain from Symphony of Destruction.

Just like the Pied Piper
Led rats through the streets
We dance like marionettes
Swaying to the symphony
Of destruction

Are we the rats? Are we dancing like marionettes? Ask yourself, do you vote for a politician because of the letter after their name without thinking about their policies? Do you go into a movie or TV show with preconieved notions of good or bad based on who directed or stars in it? Let’s face it we do that. Let me be the first to say I’m a huge Tom Hanks fan, but I have seen Joe Versus the Volcano and wow was that a stinker. He isn’t perfect.
Essentially, what I am saying is do not be a rat, or for that matter do not dance like a marionette because someone in a position of power told you to do so.

Acting like a robot
Its metal brain corrodes
You try to take its pulse
Before the head explodes
Explodes, explodes

Does the general population of the country act like a robot? Do we all wear the same clothing styles? Perhaps hair style? Cars, watches? Do we do what we are told (generally speaking)? Answer that question for yourself but from time to time trying to conform to what people think I should do does make my head want to explode. Maybe it’s that I’m on the autism spectrum, or perhaps it is because I like thinking for myself and hate being told what I should do, or (this is a pet peeve) “what I want.” On that last note, how many friends have you talked to about something, say a new car, and said “I want ___.” What you hear in response is, “oh no, what you want is _____.” Who is the robot there?

The earth starts to rumble
World powers fall
A’warring for the heavens
A peaceful man stands tall
Tall, tall

Have we been on the brink of war for a long time? Some would argue we have been in a war for more than a decade. Is this World War 3 and we just don’t want to admit it yet?
Don’t be a marionette. Think for yourself. Enjoy the books you want to enjoy (hopefully one of those is mine), see the movies you want and ignore those you find predictable, and more importantly, if you take part in the political process, that is where it is vital to think for yourself.


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