If you had looked, you'd be no one's coward
Distance, justice, power
If this song is about dissent and as Longstreth puts it, “2012 Exodus from the Society of the Spectacle”, then he’s saying that if people had LOOKED and seen what was going on they would have prevented the stratification of society that exists today, with rich and poor so far apart. Rolling Stone interview
Perhaps, then, if you looked with detachment — distance— you’d perceive how to bring about justice in situations of power imbalance.
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