Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Rapping for Moral Progress — Baba Brinkman Performs "The Moral Arc Rap"

On a veranda in Manhattan where nobody's packin' an AK
So what happened? Our species has never been less than
A seedy procession of guns, germs and steel, diseases and weapons
Pirates and warlords with devious ethics
This planet hasn't always been a safe place to be skeptic
But listen, no bombs, no screams, no gunshots... Just city and silence
I'm 36 and none of my closest friends' lives have ended in violence!
What happened is the moral arc
A species enjoying an engorgement of its moral parts
In the past it was gladiators in a pit getting getting torn apart
But now it's a contest of wits, ideas honed and sharp
That's how we go from the superstitions of Joan of Arc
To one day exploring the stars
And Shermer's new book is the chart
Tracking the expansion of the moral sphere
Interchangeable perspectives are the reason that no one here
Plans to put a cigarette out in the carpet or pour their beer
Over Gerry's head when he says something offensive to sensitive ears
It's the golden rule, rational reverberations from the enlightenment
Or maybe it's the fear that Gerry would stop inviting them
A leviathan system of punishment
The key to a peaceful species: we've been running with it ever since we discovered it
So the next time you feel like you're drowning with no life preserver
In a civilization rife with crimes and murder, just turn to Michael Shermer
He can expose the exact stats for you and show you the ratio
He's a beacon for reason, he's totally stable, yo
Even though he got married and discovered ghosts in his radio
That was an aberration, he's still a skeptic, okay? So away we go
Shermer has seen the mountaintop, a peaceful equilibrium
A future in which the Moral Arc is taught as history for at least a millennium
It's MLK day, time for violence to vacate
Time for science to demonstrate ways to make this planet a safe space

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