I'm not claiming Leonard is becoming Christian. Nor that he now seeks salvation in Jesus instead of God.yopietro wrote:Yes, we all are paradoxes indeed. But I don't hear him evolving closer to Jesus. More moving away from the promise of divine salvation in any form.gretabertella wrote:That's exactly what I meant.yopietro wrote:From the title track to this last verse, the question of faith on this album seems to be conveyed from quite a different place than that from which Leonard sang on If It Be Your Will or Hallelujah.
I'm not quite sure that's a faith issue. I don't think he lost his faith [in God, Life, Love, whatever: I have no name for it, as Faust says]. I think Leonard is just looking at God from a different point of view now. Like he could finally forgive himself and find God within himself.
That's why - I think, there are so many references to Christ throughout the album. LC has always liked Jesus, but this time, well, he likes him more...
I also think that in It Seemed The Better Way, Christ himself is talking (or, better, thinking), while praying with the Apostles during the last supper. And who's Christ? A man; who has the divine within himself but, at the same time, who has to die. Such as to say a man who believes but who's still a man and doesn't want to die. But to believe means to accept the truth of your own death. So, Christ is a contradiction [a paradox]. We all are.
I'm just underlining that in this album he makes a lot of references to Jesus.
And what is Jesus' last sentence, while one the cross, just before he died?
Matthew and Mark tell us: «At three, he uttered a loud cry, “Elohi! Elohi! L’mah sh’vaktani?” ("My God! My God! Why have you deserted me?)». Then he died. He doesn't say, God is great, God is gonna save me, this is fair, that's the better way. He says instead, God is betraying me, it seemed the better way but it's not the truth today.
Leonard is not asking Jesus to save him. He IS Jesus.
Every human being is, in fact, the paradox Jesus was. Christ is nothing more than a good metaphor here.
When I said I don't think there's a faith issue in this album, I was pointing out that Leonard is still believing in God. He talks to him! But, as you say, God is no more the God of salvation. He is almost an enemy, the Great Killer.
Leonard has to seek his own salvation, has to find a God within himself, has to steer his way on his own.
He is the Great Believer struggling and fighting with the God he believed in. And this new shape of the divine, still very present, makes the album more alive and powerful than ever.
[It's weird to say, Leonard thinks, Leonard is, Leonard wants to say. Of course, that's my image of Leonard. So, I have to say that my Leonard thinks, is, wants to say. Everyone of us has his own Leonard. The real Leonard probably doesn't exist - joking, joking, joking!]