Monday, 12 October 2015

Read all about it. . .

You've got the words to change a nation
But you're biting your tongue
You've spent a lifetime stuck in silence
Afraid you'll say something wrong
If no one ever hears it how we gonna learn your song?

Everybody has a voice that is important enough to be heard, that everyone needs to hear.  There are so many stories that I would love to hear from people that normally don't get a chance to speak up because they are almost always completely dominated from the louder and more dominant voices in a situation.  I have often seen this when I think about how it is from the voices of those marginalised peoples who are often seen on the fringes or peripheries of society that actually have a better understanding and handle on society than those who make the decisions and rules to govern a land.

So come on, come on
Come on, come on
You've got a heart as loud as lightning
So why let your voice be tamed?
Maybe we're a little different
There's no need to be ashamed
You've got the light to fight the shadows
So stop hiding it away
Come on, come on

People's facial expressions and body language often betray the thoughts and ideas that I know is begging to be released.  I often see this in conversations in large groups, when I meet new people and I can see the others ready to burst at the seams with threads of input that could cause self-combustion if not given an outlet for release.  The differences between us - no matter how those differences  manifest themselves has the potential to brings us closer together as much as our similarities and universal truths do.  What shadows threaten to hide you away?  How do you let these shadows take control of your life and linger in the corners of your mind?

At night we're waking up the neighbours
While we sing away the blues
Making sure that we're remembered, yeah
'Cause we all matter too
If the truth has been forbidden
Then we're breaking all the rules

We can often go through life thinking that things are being 'done' to us rather than exercising our freedom of expression or having the strength to speak up and take action when we know that there are social injustices being suffered in the name of greed and power.  If there are no people to govern, would a ruler still be in power?  What is the point in being to rule if there are no people to rule over?  Why should we sit back and take it when the truth has been forbidden?  How much longer will we be able to survive in this type of climate?  I'm not just talking about environmental climate change here.  I'm talking about intellectual climate change where our minds are suffering because of the damage caused by stupid ideas that do not help people, but rather destroy or demean other people.

So come on, come on
Come on, come on
Let's get the TV and the radio 
To play our tune again
It's 'bout time we got some airplay of our version of events
There's no need to be afraid
I will sing with you my friend
Come on, come on

I guess part of the human condition is to suffer, but also to think critically about how we can become immune to the suffering - I mean do we become desensitised to it after each generation?  What do we learn from previous generations about how to craft our version of events?  Especially when we look at what we do to each other in terms of nationhood and what makes us proud of who we are.  Does that national pride come at the expense of other nations?  Historically speaking, yes, that might have been the case on many occasions in order to forge new nations and to gain control of land, church and state, power, resources, even people.

Yeah we're all wonderful, wonderful people
So when did we all get so fearful
Now we're finally finding our voices
So take a chance, come help me sing this. . . 

Does the wonderful world that Louis Armstrong sing about still exist?
What are we scared about these days?  There are so many levels of fear when we look at macrosystems, microsystems, even exosystems - how do we make sense of it all?  No wonder we're in a constant state of fear?  Who stands to gain from us being scared all the time?  (Conspiracy theorist alert ha!).

I wanna sing, I wanna shout
I wanna scream 'til the words dry out
So put it in all of the papers
I'm not afraid
They can read all about it
Read all about it, oh. . . 

It is never too late to hope for us wonderful people. . .