This song finds Eddie Vedder singing of the ill-advised arrogance of modern humans and questioning whether we're really progressing as a culture. The singer told Rolling Stone he is pointing the finger mostly at America. "I wouldn't want to limit it to just our country," he said with a laugh. "But if you're a casting director, you'd say, 'Well, wow, this country certainly fits the part.' You know, we legalized gay marriage in the state of Washington at the same time we legalized pot, and it was a great reason to celebrate! But then, the Supreme Court made it more difficult for minorities and less fortunate people on the economic scale to vote. That was a huge step backward. We could've made two big strides forward. Instead, we're just, you know, prone, doing the splits."