“When I was a little boy, I believed that if you put a tooth under your pillow, a fairy would come in and take away the tooth and leave a dime. Now, I believe in myself more than anything. I suppose in a way that’s also believing in God. If there is a God and he made you, then if you believe in yourself you’re also believing in Him. So I think everybody should believe in himself. That doesn’t mean you’ve got to believe in heaven and hell and all that stuff. But it does mean that what you do is your religion. I can’t express myself in easy conversation; the words just don’t come out right. But when i get up on stage; well, that’s my whole life. That’s my religion. My music is electric, electric church music, if by ‘church’ you mean religion.”
“I am electric religion.” – Jimi Hendrix
According to the Legend of Faust, Mephistopheles is the demon next in line to Satan. He is Satan’s representation on Earth, the one with whom Faust made his deal. In exchange for eternal youth, Faust sold his soul to Mephistopheles.
Many historians believe that Faust was a real person, and the legend is based on true events. The time period in which Faust was alive was before the reformation, and it was a time in which the Catholic Church was strictly against many different scientific methods that were contrary to the teachings of the church. Faust was said to have practiced astrology, which to this day is still frowned upon by many religions. Even Galileo was condemned and confined in Rome because he supported the theory that the Earth was round. This was a time when many scientists and philosophers were condemned by the church, which brought with it many untruthful impeachments of witchcraft and satan worshiping.
Historians also believe that Mephistopheles was merely Faust’s knowledge-hungry, truth-seeking alter ego. Literally hundreds of books, movies, plays and even sitcom episodes have been based on this legend.
Mephistopheles represents my love and passion for knowledge, science and the truth. He also represents my love for music that is impure, that shakes boundaries and breaks down walls. He represents the side of me that always questions authority, and believes that respect is not deserved, but rather earned. Mephistopheles is not about Satan-Worshiping, Witchcraft or Black Magic. It’s about my love for humanity, my passion for music and my hope that through art, we will make this world a better place to live in.
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