A Journey From Innocence to Experience
From Take It Easy to Hotel California to Take It To The Limit, the music of the Eagles makes for a great soundtrack for living the Clueless Life.
If you can find it somewhere, I highly recommend watching the History of the Eagles documentary. In it Don Henley addresses the many myths regarding the meaning of Hotel California, and says the song is “about a journey from innocence to experience.” I think that’s a great fucking line.
I don’t believe in having regrets. Don’t get me wrong, I’ve made tons of mistakes and there are many things I would do differently if I could go back, but that’s just the thing, we can’t. Which makes dwelling on past failures pointless. Its best to realize what you did wrong, learn from it, then move on. There is a reason why the Absolutely Convinced are always preaching about the past, whether its Original Sin or how Noah’s Ark couldn’t have possibly existed. The past can have a very strong hold on us, and that makes it an effective tool for control. That’s why The Church of No Fucking Clue prefers to focus on the future. Its a lot more interesting.
The funny thing is a lot of regret is nothing but Monday morning quarterbacking. We apply the knowledge we have today to decisions in the past, and forget that while making those mistakes in real time we simply didn’t know any better. That’s why they call it experience. So like the song says, take it easy, and don’t let the sound of your own wheels drive you crazy. Its all a part of the journey from innocence to experience.
If you can’t get a hold of the Eagles documentary you can always watch Almost Famous, as the factious band in the movie is a combination of The Eagles and The Allman Brothers Band.