Saturday, 6 May 2017

If you tolerate this your children will be next. . .

This track is a song request from +Rochelle Savage 

The future teaches you to be alone
The present to be afraid and cold
"So if I can shoot rabbits, then I can shoot fascists"

At the rate things are going, you have to wonder if there will be any people left in the world to enjoy what little the world will have.  We seek to cling to others because we are afraid to be alone, so we latch onto whoever comes along, but it's not about raising our standards, but more so about learning to be alone so that you know what silence sounds like; so that when you are on your own, you won't slowly drive yourself mad by not being able to overstimulate your senses and have that constant need for noise and sounds that you use to dull the pain of what you're feeling.  Once we develop a taste for something, it soon turns into a craving.  Is it little wonder that gun control will never be an issue in the United States because they have the right to bear arms, even if it means shooting off other people's arms, mostly by accident if you're in the woods, or with intent if you feel that you have been wronged or just need to take it out on the world for how it's been treating you.  

Bullets for your brain today
But we'll forget it all again
Monuments put from pen to paper
Turns me into a gutless wonder

What monuments are in your life that make you see things in such a way?  When we are motivated by greed and that ego, is it any wonder that we become trapped in a spiral that if we let it, will threaten to bring out the self destruction that we have been so clever to avoid thus far?  From pen to paper also makes me think about how not many people are writing physically these days but that they are more inclined to be keyboard warriors hiding behind their computers tap tap tapping away.  Is this what being a gutless wonder is all about now?  

And if you tolerate this then your children will be next
And if you tolerate this then you children will be next
Will be next, will be next, will be next

When we are quick to sign things like executive orders from making decisions that are ill-informed and don't take into account the ramifications of those decisions for future generations?  How much are we prepared to put up with?  Why do we tolerate people hurting other people for economic gain, for power?  When people have to die, in order for pockets to be lined - are we even conscious of what we are really doing?  Do we realise how much we hurt people anymore?  Have we become desensitised that much?

Gravity keeps my head down
Or is it maybe shame
At being so young and being so vain

There is some confusion about when to be independent and focus on what you need to do and then being part of a collective and knowing when to be part of something greater than yourself.  Do we know what is bigger than us anymore?  When we were in our youth, we honestly believed that the world was our oyster and that we were unstoppable.  I'm not saying that we lose that as we age, but we get confronted with the reality behind the facade and the world isn't so much an oyster as it is a piece of shrimp in a salad with no dressing.  Maybe it's a wake up to stop being so vain and just focus on meaningful things that will help to contribute to a better world.  One that means more than the promise of oysters, but at least being able to have oceans that are looked after well enough for oysters to thrive naturally.

Holes in your head today
But I'm a pacifist
I've walked La Ramblas but not with real intent

We might find ourselves saying that we stand for something, but we rarely ever make a real go of proving ourselves in those spaces, to really show anything of what we want to change or make better.  We go to all of the places where people have been, but not ever walked in the footsteps of those who have gone before.  When did we forget to understand the weight of the footsteps and what it meant to truly walk in an understanding that should shine light and illumination into how best to use our strengths and talents?

And if you tolerate this then your children will be next
And if you tolerate this then you children will be next
Will be next, will be next, will be next

I don't have any children.
I find myself increasingly dismissed or excluded from activities with friends who do have children.
That's not a problem for me, because I don't begrudge people being parents and of course, having time spent with other people who also have children, because there will be conversations that they can engage in and compare the growing pains of what it means to be parents and what it means to raise children in this world.  I have had candid conversations with friends who are parents and have most of the time, usually refrained from giving opinions on strategies to use with children from an educator's perspective, if I haven't got children of my own.  That's not to say I didn't try to have children when I had the chance, because I did.  It just wasn't meant to be, you know?  Who knows what the future will bring, but all I know, is that I won't tolerate this any longer for the sake of the children who will be the next generation.  The actions we make today has an impact on who follows us - in our footsteps or not.

"And on the street tonight 
An old man plays with newspaper cuttings of his glory days"

I hope that we are able to move past the danger of living in the past.  When we think about how things were so much easier in our own glory days, that things were easier and simpler because there was less greed, less hunger for power, less potential for danger.  But no.  That's wrong.  There has never been any less bad or negative things that happened then, than we have now.  Everything has its own pressure points and escalation models that we conveniently forget.  We remember things through hazy rose coloured glasses that distort the reality of our vision.  We forget how bad things were back then, because we were just too young and naive to figure it out.  We weren't taught to see then.  We just need to remember to stop, think about what we are really doing, to recognise how we can be so much more than we ever knew we could be, because if you tolerate this then your children will be next. . .