2018, chapter 36: ‘Walk On Water’ by Eminem feat. Beyonce (nr. 148)

Civil war has broken out. On one side is Chainsmoker and Little Mix and their heathens. They champion freedom from attachment and society.

On the other side, of the orderly society, we find Eminem. He is a master of words. He inspires his army trough song. He does so well for years and garners legacy, love and respect. He puts up an exhaustive persona that people look up to – and that he now has trouble living up to. He has set the standard too high for him to keep up. It feels like he hits the mark but when he listens to it after it is shown to the public, he picks it apart. It now sounds like garbage. The rhyme has to be perfect and the delivery flawless. But it can’t always be. And he is terrified to let down people. And people are starting to criticise his songs.

Chainsmoker and Little Mix have noticed this and now make mocking him a part of their strategy. And they succeed in stripping him of his confidence.

So he answers by speaking openly to his supporters. He’s only human just like the rest of them. He can only walk on water when it freezes. He can be juvenile, goof and jest. He is not God-sent like Nas, Rakim, Pac, B.I.G., James Todd Smith or Prince. He makes mistake and feels unworthy of their belief in him. But he’s doing his best to meet their expectations. So he doesn’t care about his opponents’ scorn. The only person who’s scorn would matter, is Deshaun. And even them burning down his Dresden home does nothing to affect him. And no matter how they depict him as a failure, that his popularity is fading, he won’t give up without a fight. He needs this to stay sane. He’ll decide when it’s his final bow. And when he does fall, he will neither cry nor pout.

And he finishes off by saying, that while he is only a man, he is godlike. He, Chainsmoker and Little Mix are not alike. He inspires better than they do. He wrote “Stan”!

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2018, chapter 24: ‘Heathens’ by Twenty One Pilots (nr. 136)

It took a little convincing, but a movement began. A movement that wanted nothing to do with society and its priorities. No attachment, financial or romantic, allowed. That’s how you get swallowed and happily follow whatever rules society sets up.

That sort of movement attracts weird types. People who don’t just want to be left alone by society, but to hurt it like it abused them. And over time these people would gain enough foothold to change the movement to an actual destructive force. They call themselves heathens.

A new recruit has shown interest. The person introducing them to the movement isn’t convinced that they fit in. The recruit is too timid and has trouble trusting these strange types. So the introducer warns them to take it slow, don’t make any sudden moves and wait for people to ask them, who told them about this place.

And people here are scary. Murderers and psychopaths work side by side. And sometimes love happens, but it gets docked away in a room in the mind. Whatever needs you have, you have people around to take care of.

Newcomers are less welcome now. It’s said that they have a different smell. Some even claim that they can smell if their intentions are good or bad.

The introducer has some doubts that the new recruit can handle it. But when the new recruit joins on a mission, against their recommendation, and is able to stay calm even when it goes sideways, and the authorities are outside, ready to bust them, the introducer has to admit, that it looks like the recruit is one of them.

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