Tuesday, May 09, 2006

Robbie Williams - Angels

I sit and wait
Does an angel contemplate my fate
And do they know
The places where we go
When we’re grey and old
’cos I have been told
That salvation lets their wings unfold
So when I’m lying in my bed
Thoughts running through my head
And I feel the love is dead
I’m loving angels instead

And through it all she offers me protection
A lot of love and affection
Whether I’m right or wrong
And down the waterfall
Wherever it may take me
I know that life won’t break me
When I come to call she won’t forsake me
I’m loving angels instead

When I’m feeling weak
And my pain walks down a one way street
I look above
And I know I’ll always be blessed with love
And as the feeling grows
She breathes flesh to my bones
And when love is dead
I’m loving angels instead

[Chorus x2]
I’ve been wanting to do a post on angels for long time as I’ve always been exceptionally fascinated by their nature. I wouldn’t consider myself a religious person, but I am an avid admirer of the stories written about angels.

All the stories have their own deviations on angels, for example the classification and rank of angels (Choirs of Angels)… Seraphim, Cherubim, Ophanim, Principalities, Virtues, Powers, Dominions, Archangels, and Angels; each hierarchy having a specific purpose. One thing most stories have in common is the fact that angels and human spirits are two totally separate entities. People do not become angels upon death… angels are different beings altogether.

There are two angels specifically that intrigue me above all others, the first being St. Michael the Archangel. If we were ever to truly have patron saints, I would want Michael to be mine. I personally identify with this angel above all others in literature. Though I cannot relate to his greatness, I do relate to his lot in life / existence.

For the longest time I wondered how someone other than a human could become a saint… from what I’ve discovered, the title of Saint is just an honorary title for Michael. There is no record of any actual canonization.

St. Michael is essentially the ultimate protector of humanity. He is accepted in lore as being the special patron of Adam. Supposedly he was the first angel in all of the heavens to bow down before humanity.

In art St. Michael is represented as an angelic warrior, fully armed and standing over Satan, who he pierces with a lance. In Paradise Lost, Michael commands the army of angels loyal to God against the rebel forces of Satan. He also holds a pair of scales in which he weighs the souls of the departed, or the book of life, to show that he takes part in the judgment. So at the hour of death, St. Michael descends and gives each soul the chance to redeem itself before passing.

I find his character marvelously admirable. Constantly a guardian and protector for eternity, I’ve always wondered about other parts of his personality. How does he feel about his existence? It is a burden or an honor to always be the defender of others? Does he ever feel alone or scared with what he must do? I’d really love to find a book that explores his character and gives it more dimension. That being said, he is definitely a great role model… someone very self-sacrificing and compassionate.

The next angel that’s always fascinated me is the fallen angel, Lucifer. I’ve never really believed in a “devil” in opposition to God. It’s ridiculous as it totally negates the entire notion of God being omnipotent (he’d just crush Satan instantly) and omni-benevolent (how could he allow evil to exist.) Besides, I think it’s immature for people to blame their mistakes and sins on some evil being tempting them. People need to take responsibility for their own actions and not blame some fictional character. However, that being said, the character of Lucifer is most interesting.

Lucifer was the most highly regarded being to God. Even his name suggests of how great he once was; Lucifer meaning, “light-bearer.” He had it all. This was perhaps the primary reason for his inevitable fall. Absolute power corrupts absolutely. It almost seems that in all his glory he was destined to betray God.

He’s most interesting when he’s mischievous. As I previously stated, it ludicrous to believe him to be some sort of opponent to God. Even the bible suggests multiple times that he has no power of independent action, but requires the permission of God, which he may not transgress. So according to the bible, God allows Satan to tempt and destroy people.

This is where things become extremely interesting. Here’s a related quote from John Milton / Satan (Al Pacino) in The Devil’s Advocate:
“Let me give you a little inside information about God. God likes to watch. He's a prankster. Think about it. He gives man instincts. He gives you this extraordinary gift, and then what does He do, I swear for His own amusement, his own private, cosmic gag reel, He sets the rules in opposition. It's the goof of all time. Look but don't touch. Touch, but don't taste. Taste, don't swallow. Ahaha. And while you're jumpin' from one foot to the next, what is he doing? He's laughin' His sick, fuckin' ass off! He's a tight-ass! He's a sadist! He's an absentee landlord! Worship that? Never!”

In stark contrast to St. Michael, the character of Lucifer is highly developed in almost any story he appears in. He has radical emotions and a clear sense of self-being. He has weaknesses and imperfections… he’s quite human in nature. It seems that we as humans have a lot in common with this particular character, but should try to become more like St. Michael.


Anonymous said...

We used to sing "Angels" at Freshers' Week at University... But we would change the lyrics to "I'm fucking freshers instead"!



Troy said...

Frank writes: How does he feel about his existence? It is a burden or an honor to always be the defender of others? Does he ever feel alone or scared with what he must do?

God told me it was his choice...yeah I talk to God.

Wait a minute, I can not tell a lie, I made that up. Still going with God told me it was his choice though.

Frank said...

Edward - LOL!!! Very clever! I can only imagine what other songs you guys creatively enhanced!!! :-P

Troy - I never really considered "choice" as a viable option for St. Michael before because in every story I've read, the only angel blessed with the power of choice was Lucifer. All the other angels existed for the sole purpose of serving God... even the word "angel" itself comes from the greek word meaning "messenger," suggesting they only exist for the purpose given to them, not by a choice.

"Choice" is an interesting take on the matter though. My next question would then be, "why would he choose such a path?"

Siren said...

I like angels...but I like Robbie Williams more

Troy said...

Life has to be interesting, he chose something that made him happy :-D