This is an extremely difficult piece to write, because the only living soul who understands it is Peter Townshend, and he still has a bit of difficulty articulating the concept in terms that we mere mortals can understand. This is not in any way a criticism of Mr. Townshend, but more of a comment of my own poor understanding of his high goals.
In a nutshell, perhaps a cracked one, the concept for Lifehouse was sort of like A Brave New World, or 1984, in that society has been overtaken by a monied elite and thought suppression was the norm. Does that sound timely? I think that Townshend has presaged the ideas that the “modern” Republican Party is trying to impress on us all, but perhaps I give him too much credit. I think not.
The concept that I finally came with was that individuality was suppressed, and group think was being imposed by the technocrats that ruled. I ask for everyone’s thoughts on this, because it is so hard to decipher.