Corey Taylor’s tagline on the cover pretty much sums it up: Settling the argument between born bad and damaged good. This book is going to piss a lot of people off. One, you might not get his humour. Two, you might have the religious standing points that get battered throughout this book. Three, you might just flat out hate his attitude.
Thankfully, I don’t fall into any of these three problems so this was read in a stupendously quick time with a lot of laughs along the way.
While many could suggest this was preachy and trying to change your opinion of things – Corey himself notes that throughout – it’s basically a man who has lived and experienced life telling it how he sees it. He swears, he jokes, he says he thinks about Gerard Butler in the bath – but he always turns it back to himself. He doesn’t lecture you on lust without sharing the stories of being peed on in a shower by four women. He doesn’t lecture on envy without discussing that which he is jealous of in the world. He may criticise the world, but he fires it right back at himself.
What he does teach you, should you choose to listen, is that falling foul to these traits doesn’t make you bad, it makes you human. He flat out says we all are jealous of someone or something, we’ve all gotten angry; it’s not the feeling itself that’s the sin, it’s the action that follows should you not have the self-restraint.
As I read, there were a lot of quotes I wanted to take note of, but the more I read the more I realised I’d end up quoting the whole book. I am a determined person; I’d go as far to say I share some of the work ethic Corey spoke of – I just can’t sit still. I always want to be doing something. So with this view in mind, the one quote I did take note of was “You can have the best intentions in the world but if you do nothing, you are nothing.”
This hit a personal level with me because of something that has been happening recently. I suppose I liked the quote because it’s a variant of what I honestly think; I work hard to get somewhere. Whether or not I get there it to be seen, but at least I’m trying.
Corey is an honest person. He rectified the sins and said ‘a life for a life’. He tells the world, without concern, that murderers and child molesters deserve to be killed. Many will disagree, many will be whooping and concurring with his sentiments. If anything, he’s telling the world to be outspoken, to do something and not be worried about what others think.
Having watched countless videos from his recent speaking tour, I could really get the feel of the book as I read. Corey is a fantastic and funny human being and while this book won’t necessarily rival the Bible, it’s a good lesson for those who think they are sinners. You’re not; according to Corey you are just human – and that’s okay.