Thursday, 21 September 2017

Hungry heart. . .

Don't make no difference what nobody says. . . 

Got a wife and kids in Baltimore, Jack
I went out for a ride and I never went back
Like a river that I don't know where it's flowing
I took a wrong turn and I just kept going

When you make mistakes, at some point you have to own them.
Learning to admit that you make mistakes is something that takes a while to master - not the making mistakes part, but being able to confess and take responsibility for something that you've done.  There is little point concealing yourself when this happens, particularly in a situation where in time, it will be obvious that it was you.  So people choose either to front up and admit what they've done wrong or go into self preservation mode and not admit a damn thing and just wait for the proverbial. . . to hit the fan.  At this stage people will judge you, but much more harshly, because you didn't have the strength of character to own up to your mistakes and put everyone else out of their misery, by delaying the inevitable.  This makes it hard for people to trust you again and know whether you have good intentions or not.  Once of course you've admitted your mistake (to yourself, if you're loathe to do so to anyone else), it might be too late to say anything, so you just carry on.

I met her in a Kingstown bar
We fell in love I knew it had to end
We took what we had and we ripped it apart
Now here I am down in Kingstown again

When we meet people, we might choose to explore options or not.
By options it could be whether we want to be have them as friends, acquaintances, something a little more, or never see them again.  There will be people you come across that you think, they're not meant to be keepers - just a here right now, but not a here forever.  It's natural to be around people like that, and if they will have you - that's even better.  When things come to a natural end, sometimes they need a helping hand, in whatever shape or form. so it's up to you to figure out whether it's something worth holding onto or letting go.  When things need to end, be sure it's for all the right reasons, the ones you know in your heart that you might not even say aloud to people.

Everybody needs a place to rest
Everybody wants to have a home
Don't make no difference what nobody says
Ain't nobody like to be alone

If home is where the heart is, why is it hungry?
It's election time in New Zealand at the moment.  I think the plight of the most vulnerable people in our society has increased to an unfathomable degree under our present government.  Dame Anne Salmond has come forward saying that neoliberalism has failed.  Another 3 years under the present government is absolutely untenable.  When those who can afford to live beyond their means, who can actually live a life that addresses all of Maslow's hierarchy of needs, they are the lucky ones; yet they're also the greedy ones.  Homelessness is more prevalent in our cities.  There are more children who go to school hungry than at any other time.  When initiatives have been brought parliament that are in the best interests of those who cannot speak, they have been voted down.  Our present government is in denial that we have the highest youth suicide rate in the civilised world.  They deny that it is important to have a mental health inquiry that can support what we are already seeing.  Where can our citizens have a place to rest?  A place to call home?  To even have a home in the first instance?

Everybody's got a hungry heart
Everybody's got a hungry heart
Lay down your money and you play your part
Everybody's got a hungry heart

I hope that wherever you find yourself, that you know what to do with your hungry heart. 
I don't begrudge rich people for having lots of money.  I guess it's when they get rich because those who earn less than them are being taxed more.  How does that work?  How can people continue to support a government that makes the rich richer and the poor poorer - or worse - dead?  I hope that people vote for more than just themselves this weekend.  We've already seen what can happen in the world when businessmen lead countries.  You cannot run a country like a business.  There are greater losses at stake.  Don't even get us started on climate change.  I fear if we continue to go down the road we are headed - there will be nothing to pass on to future generations.  Nothing left in our environment to show them, to enjoy and to treasure.  What can we do but vote for a better future?  I guess you could lay down your money and you play your part. . .