Tool’s “46 and 2” isn’t just some badass rock song with poetical word combinations for their own sake. The lyrics, written by Maynard James Keenan and inspired by Carl Gustav Jung’s writings, are an expression of mankind’s yearning for transcendence. Although the Jungian basis for the lyrics might be unfamiliar to today’s general audience, I feel the sung words are borne of the same impulse that birthed religion itself.
The fact that the musicians in this viral video are children takes this complex song to the next level. By performing it with such unprecedented maturity, and by demonstrating such a deep understanding of what the song expresses, these children are playing out man’s greatest desire: to advance to a new plane of existence — to reach beyond our own already impressive capabilities.
Even the instruments and the technology behind it all can be viewed, if one is willing for a moment to forgo self-imposed limits on the imagination, not just as dead physical implements but as tools* for channeling the supernatural substance from which humankind springs forth.
Now do you see why I called this holy?
*See what I did there? I didn’t.