What's pleasing to the eye
In the delusion of my sight
Is not what I find when I reach into the light
I have lost my mind

from Beastie Boys (Ft. Brian Wright, Duduka, Jane Scarpantoni, Miho Hatori & Richard "Sammy's Dad” Siegler) – I Don't Know Lyrics on Rap Genius

Meaning

Society has conditioned us to want more, to make ourselves superficially attractive because then we will feel successful, comfortable, and in control. But it’s all a delusion. Project Happiness explored this topic with Yauch:

PH: I’ve heard you say it before in past interviews, and I definitely agree myself that greed is a big problem today in America. It seems that people view wealth as a measurement of their success in life, or even a measurement of their own happiness. How can we change this mind thought, which most of us have been brought up believing?

ADAM: It’s pretty easy to see that wealth doesn’t really equal happiness. We can, just by looking at the news you can see that a lot of people in the world who have ridiculous amounts of money are not too pleased with their lives, and spend a lot of time being unhappy.

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