21st Century Schizoid Man

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21st Century Schizoid Man

Xah Lee, 2008-12-13, 2010-07-20

The group's name is either Seasons or In-Season. Official home page is at: in-season.jp.

The original song is progressive rock, called by same name 21st Century Schizoid Man (1969), performed by King Crimson.

21st century schizoid man

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The song is written by Robert Fripp, Ian McDonald, Greg Lake, Michael Giles, Peter Sinfield. The lyrics is by Peter Sinfield. It's sung by Greg Lake.

Here's the lyrics.

Cat's foot iron claw
Neuro-surgeons scream for more
At paranoia's poison door.
Twenty first century schizoid man.
「• Polititians = this mostly refers to Spiro Agnew (1918-1996), 39th Vice President of US (1969-1973). He is charged for accepting bribery and is forced to resign.」
「• pyre = wood heaped for burning a dead body as a funeral rite.」
「• napalm fire = Napalm is a sticky substance for burning, used in military. This line refers to Vietnam War.」
Blood rack barbed wire
Polititians' funeral pyre
Innocents raped with napalm fire
Twenty first century schizoid man.
Death seed blind man's greed
Poets' starving children bleed
Nothing he's got he really needs
Twenty first century schizoid man.

Schizoid is actually a technically term in psychiatry. The full term is Schizoid Personality Disorder. Vernacularly, schizoid man means something like a crazy or delusional person, however, the real meaning is entirely different.

Schizoid personality disorder (SPD) is characterized by a emotionless personality. That is, the person lacks the normal human desire for friendship, being part of community, or any relationship, affinity. Schizoids are loners. They prefer to be alone, and usually live alone. (I am a mild schizoid)

Each human animal, has a aspect of personality. That is, their likes and dislikes, manner, deportment, behavior pattern, etc. When a personality trait is so extreme, that it effects the normal function of a person in society, that's when psychiatrists calls it a personality “disorder”.

Each of us all sometimes prefer to be alone. Some more than others, with qualities of being shy, timid, introvert. However, when a person prefers to be alone at all times to a degree that it interferes his normal daily activity in society, such as at work, marriage, having children, he technically have a schizoid personality “disorder”. The “disorder” label may not be appropriate, because SPD typically do not cause the person to have any problem with law, e.g. become criminals or effect others. In contrast to, for example, antisocial personality disorder.

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