Friday, 24 October 2014

The way it is. . .

If you follow my blog, you know I'm a pianist.  This track has one of the most iconic piano introductions for any pop song from the 20th century.  Bruce Hornsby & The Range released The way it is in 1986.  Other rap artists have sampled the famous motif, my favourite version is by 2Pac. 


Standing in line marking time - 
Waiting for the welfare dime
'Cause they can't buy a job
The man in the silk suit hurries by
As he catches the poor old ladies' eyes
Just for fun he says, "Get a job"

Nothing irks me more than other people's smarmy comments that pass judgement on others.
That high level of arrogance, ignorance and just plain rudeness are sadly qualities that some people have in huge quantities - and actually see nothing wrong with that.  They relish the thought of being able to make people feel bad about themselves and their situations which they did not cause but independence and freedom fall beyond their control.

One solution I've had is to completely ignore these people who act in this manner.
Or argue on behalf of those who feel repressed and don't have a voice, because ignorant people choose to silence those with legitimate opinions and are able to articulate their positions - but choose not to listen.  Profit, power and greed are qualities that are highly sought after and prized by those who freely tout them.

They say hey little boy you can't go
Where the others go
'Cause you don't look like they do
Said hey old man how can you stand
To think that way
Did you really think about it
Before you made the rules
He said, Son 

My colour has never been an issue for me, until it was made an issue by others.
Projection and transference can go a long way, especially when it is to do with people's perception of you.  We need to remember that a collective perception of you can only occur if everyone is in agreement and there is evidence of that "out there" either in cyberspace or word of mouth.  Only if the sources are reliable would you think to believe that collective perception about you.
When different opinions about you, in fact a wide variety of opinions about you swirl and mix together, you might find that the most common things - positive or negative (once again that depends on who's stirring the mix and wants to find out things about you) may rise to the surface.

When I think about the all of the rules that I have ever had to learn - I think, it's enough to learn the rules so that you can play the game.  Once that happens, maybe you can think about changing the rules to benefit others so that more people can sit at that table.  I fully understand the need for people of expertise, skill and knowledge to sit at a table to make decisions - I'm just interested in that there is an equitable representation of everybody there.  Exclusive invites-only parties are ok on some occasions, but not all the time.

Well they passed a law in '64
To give those who ain't got a little more
But it only goes so far
There's a law that don't change another's mind
When it all comes to hiring time
Is the line on the color bar. . . 

I hope that one day we won't need to fixate so much on the color bar.
That a person's color will not bar them or deny them from reaching their potential, from achieving their aspirations and living their dreams.

That's just the way it is
Some things will never change
That's just the way it is
But don't you believe them. . . 

I don't know about you, but for me, rather than live in the world and think that's just the way it is - I will strive to live in my world and how I interact with others in positive ways because that's the way it should be. . .