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Be wary of miracles too good to be true

Not for the first time I’ve suspected that lyricist and drummer with the Canadian rock band Rush, Neil Peart has been reading my blog. First time was having written about the concept of earthshine, the band’s next album featured a song on that very concept, the reflected light from the Earth illuminating the dark face of a new moon ‘cradled’ in the old. Of course, I didn’t really believe he was reading my stuff, it was a kind of bizarre, displaced hero worship surely?

Well then what to make of a song on the recently released album from the progressive power trio Clockwork Angels that discusses what I’ve come to refer to as deceived Wisdom in my forthcoming book. The song is called The Wreckers and uses the allegory of those who would draw sailors on to rocky shores by lighting fake beacons offering safe harbour. The idea is captured in Peart’s quite lyrical lines:

All I know is that sometimes you have to be wary
Of a miracle too good to be true
All I know is that sometimes the truth is contrary
Everything in life you thought you knew
All I know is that sometimes you have to be wary
‘Cause sometimes the target is you

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