Rush: Freewill Meaning
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A host of holy horrors to direct our aimless dance.
A planet of playthings,
We dance on the strings
Of powers we cannot perceive
"The stars aren't aligned,
Or the gods are...
1TOP RATED#1 top rated interpretation:anonymous Apr 14th 2008 report
To the idiot who said this song is about a singer coming out of the closet.....you are a moron. Freewill is about humans having the ability to have the freedom to choose and make their own decisions.
2TOP RATED#2 top rated interpretation:
Neil Peart is inspired by the philosophy of Ann Ryand, who was a devout atheist (notice the oxymoron). For example, in Tom Sawyer: "though his mind is not for rent to any God or government." In this song there are the lines "kicked in the face you can pray for a place in Heaven's unearthly estate." He despises this religiousity and is stating his own philosophy concerning free will. I happen to disagree with him. I think you can both belief in God and recognize the existence of free will. Neil Peart is an exceptional man; but I respectfully disagree with his devout atheism.
3TOP RATED#3 top rated interpretation:anonymous Oct 5th 2006 report
The song is about freewill and neil's belief of freedom of choice not fate. Some people believe that things happen for a reason that are out of their control ie like puppets who dance on strings of powers they can not perceive. They believe that everything is controlled by fate. Neil believes in freewill. He believes that he can make his own choices
anonymous Sep 6th 2019 report
This song could be about any libertanian or just about any free thinking individual man or woman, not believing or allowing today's ficticious government[s] set-up by men as ''appointed gods'' that they think and believe they are and want to rule over one's mind with their own kind of self righteous and legalized religious laws. by which want to get sovereign freemen to make unhealthy and unchristian choices for themselves that would only profit them in the end. ''if you rent your mind out to them and their unlawful radical ideas''. The protagonist seems to know the workings of this world and oneself well enough to make clear headed choices with a ''freewill'' that one thinks and believes one has to see and control it's outcome. Or in a less positive way this song could be about any human person who has been radically deceived to think and believe that one has a ''freewill'' for choosing and making it's own choices, when one may be in a fallen state of mind. in which one is easily programmed and guided to buy into today's corporational government[s] psychology as a scientific religion without a true God that the false ego lisens to and follows it's choosing, thinking and believing one has a ''freewill'', where freedom is always in question and out of reach.
anonymous Aug 23rd 2013 report
Man certainly has free will. Otherwise God would be unjust to choose some to be saved and others to be lost based just on his whim.
Freewill; To me this song means that one does not need a God or a type of religion to be a good person. Some of us do not need a "ready guide in some celestial voice" to guide us in our daily lives. We choose a path that is clear to us and do right by our fellow man all of our own accord.If I choose not to decide on what religion is right, I still have made a choice, a choice of free will to live my life guided by my own good fortunes, not by phantom fears or kindness that can kill. Because this fortune hunt that we call life really is far too fleet.
anonymous Oct 16th 2005 report
One of Neil Peart's many statements of his personal beliefs. It explains why he disagrees with other worldviews, and explains his own.
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