It is suspiciously mystical, as is a whole lot of U2, goofus.

Actually, it really could come from a very basic spiritual concept that's been upheld everywhere from Egypt to Catholicism--the idea that the parts of you that you bury or condemn are the parts that will save you. Originally, people would kneel in prayer not as an act of supplication, but to acknowledge that the lower things were the key.

That, and kneeling brings you closer to the ground, not just physically, but spiritually. You don't conform to that lofty picture we call the Tree of Life when you're kneeling. You're announcing that you will reach the loftiest heights by getting closer to the ground...it's that whole "as above, so below" thing again.

I love that line...

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