In the spirit of Jesus in the healing parables, especially the blind, I say to those with such attitudes of the entertainment industry to "open your eyes (and your ears)" and see how God really can speak to us through artists like Linkin Park. Ok, so maybe not too many old testament prophets had black discs embedded in their earlobes, but then again, many prophets were known to do "silly" things like Ezekiel who would lay on his side for over 300 days or cut up his beard and throw it in fire to make a point - namely, that the people of God need wake up and follow HIs ways else face destruction.
Linkin Park deserve much praise for this current work that is not afraid to lead humanity into the depths of the tough transcendental questions that enrich our state of being.
Mike Shinoda had this to say in the making of their "Catalyst" music video which set out to convey often-contradictory themes: power and grace, destruction and salvation, ugliness and beauty.
"The concept to the video: It kind of comes from the idea of, like, if you could imagine when nuclear fission was invented, or a moment in time when something can be used for positive or negative," Shinoda said. "Something can be beautiful or it can be destructive. Or even, you know, if you've ever seen a dangerous fire from far away, it's devastating up close, but from far away, it can be beautiful. Those are the kind of themes that run throughout the album, and they're also themes that you see in the video."
In essence, Linkin Park's music video "Catalyst", consciously or not, is a most profound and artistic expression of the Tree of Knowledge (Good and Evil) found in the Book of Genesis (chapter 2). God has given humanity the most wonderful gift to share in His creativity. The Tree (Which becomes an occasion for man to turn away from God) represents man's ability to know and choose between the good or the bad use of those wonderful God given things. Our free will ultimately becomes our grace or detriment in choosing to love God or not - its our choice that will lead personally and in some cases, collectively, to salvation or destruction.
New Ethos applauds artists who reach for an overarching spirit of truth, beauty, and goodness in their work. We believe one need not necessarily go to "religious" music genre to find it - Linkin Park is a testament to that in a most profound and powerful way - AND GOD BLESS US EVERYONE! - Fr. Don Woznicki +