“On both sides of the fence it looks like people are willing to believe almost anything about each other.
It feels dangerous. It feels like it wouldn’t take very much for it to really kick off. Like those boys, as lovely as they are, they’re angry angry angry boys, and the other side are angry. And just because we’ve had fifteen years of peace it doesn’t seem to be changing the way that they feel.”
Language and negative connotations
KAT is a commonly used graffiti tag in Northern Ireland by Protestant Loyalists. It stands for Kill All Tadghs.
Tadgh at one point was once a very common Irish male name, which is translated into English as Tim. Taig and Teague are the most commonly used spellings of the name today.
Taig is considered to be used purely as a derogatory term towards Irish Catholics. Some Irish Catholics have begun to use Teague as an ironic self-identifying term to glorify there struggle against Protestants in Northern Ireland.
KAH stands for Kill all Huns. It is commonly used graffiti opposing Protestant Loyalists.
From the Orange of France to the Tricolors of Ireland
The Orangemen march of July 12 seems to be the main event that stirs up the violence that separates these two types of Northern Irish people.
It’s horrifying how power weaves it’s way through everything – from kingdom to religion to government and anywhere else you allow it to corrupt you, absolutely. Right down to the most minuscule detail of whether or not a certain sect of the same religion can walk down a road in a neighborhood of a highly populated area by people of a different sect.
Upon researching more about the battle won on July 12 that the Orangemen march celebrates every year, ultimately what divides these Irish people is purely bad history surrounding religious tradition and territory. This is what is left from the near and still lingering past of a once domineering and warring soul for the crown of the British Isles and the Republic of Ireland.
At least on paper, the biggest difference of the two opposing sides in Northern Ireland is in how to properly be a Christian. In other words, Christianity was so successfully adopted throughout Europe in the last 2000+ years that the biggest fights between each other are the proper way to believe in the same thing. The similarities in the Apocalyptic literatures about the Roman Empire found in the Christian Bible telling of Babylon are not lost on me.
But aside from that, what really keeps sparking the fire of riots in Northern Ireland is the bad blood of local history. It’s the same problem with Palestine/Israel. This is why Northern Ireland fascinates me, because it hints to what we should anticipate to come for the future of the Palestine/Israel area of the Middle East.
At war with the human soul for mind and soil
It’s amazing how troubling the human ego is even with itself. We’re all our own worst critics at times. We’re almost never happy with ourselves. And even when we are no longer at war with others, in times of peace, we will still cling to our differences until we begin to argue and fight over piety.
We will essentially go to war over who believes the same thing more. “I believe in the same God so much that I’ll kill you to prove it.” Suddenly, the simplest of simple things like the way you worship and practice the same belief in God becomes a world apart in difference.
I compare this to the two party system of Democrats and Republicans that dominate politics in the United States of America. Fundamentally, when you compare there similarities to other countries with different political parties, the two are almost identical. But when you zoom in to nitpick the tiniest of detail it’s as if magically the two become polar opposites.
The same story from a different point of view
An even more tragic comparison is the fact that each of the three major monotheistic religions of the Middle East (Judaism, Christianity, and Islam) are all just different versions of the same story of the God of Abraham.
I point this out not to belittle monotheism, any religion, or theism as a whole, but rather to try and give context to the reality of just how fragile the tragic human condition truly is.
We need more commonality – not division.
On a very macroscopic level, like the Troubles of Northern Ireland, the belief in a monotheistic God – it turns out – was so successfully adopted across the world abroad, that the believers of the very same God are essentially just blindly carrying on the local traditions of fighting over the better way to worship the same deity.
That and a whole lot of history of retaliation and ego.
Don’t let it go to your head, friend.
If you are reading this and I have offended you in how I sweepingly lump religious extremism into a category of all religion, I apologize, but please know this is only my point of view. I am subject to being wrong.
Feel free to respond with your point of view.
And as always I will try to do my best and turn the other cheek.
Originally posted on TIME:
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You mention the term, self-saboteur. Do you feel that it applies to you in any way?
Yea, especially in that time period. I think that when people don’t know how to deal with relative success, or how to handle it … a great example of it is probably our sixth album, “Phrenology”.
There’s a term called the departure album. And usually any artist that has some sort of artistic peak … there’s only one artist that I know that even dared to attempt to capitalize on the lightning in the bottle moment for their career – and that was Michael Jackson. He acknowledged that “Thriller” sold 40 million units and he wanted “Bad” to sell 100 million units. And he went in every day with the intent on, “I absolutely must sell this many units!”
The average artist does the opposite – they do the departure record. The first departure record was “Sgt. Pepper’s”. The Beatles were tired of being The Beatles. They said, “Let’s make a disguise record. Let’s do the opposite of what we should be doing.” And it backfired and actually became a standard. Marvin Gaye was tired of being Marvin Gaye. He wanted to get fat and grow a beard. He was tired of being the Prince of Motown. It backfired and “What’s Going On” winds up being a standard. Prince makes “Around The World In A Day” after “Purple Rain”, because the pressure of following up this massive album. It’s too much for him, so he makes the complete opposite record.
There’s a gazillion … Stevie Wonder – “Songs In The Key Of Life”. He can’t follow it, so he makes “Journey Through The Secret Life Of Plants” – the closest to kind of a Pink Floyd experimental record. You can say the same thing for “Kid A” by Radiohead – coming on the heels of “OK Computer”, which was like one of the most critically acclaimed albums of 1998.
So in our case, at the time, I just felt like let’s just do the record … I don’t know what makes you … I don’t know the psychological thought process that leads one to say, “Okay, let’s take everything that we worked for and just throw it out the window. Let’s make the complete opposite album.”
To some critics of the post Village Voice cloth it’s like, “Oh, it’s an artistic statement!” It was seen as a bold move, but if I’m probably honest about it – it was like, “I don’t know what to do and we’re scared that we can’t follow up this record, because we didn’t plan this success. So let’s mess it up before they mess it up for us.”