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Wednesday, 3 October 2012

the times they are a-changin'

I don't quite know what it is that I want to say with this post, so it may ramble on a little bit. I don't know how to articulate the feelings and realisations that I am having - so they may come out a bit funny - but I feel I need to say it, because everything changes. Life changes. People change. The world is changing. You are changing and so am I. At first it was just a subtle nudging in my head saying that I am starting to see things differently, and now it is a real jostling that cannot be ignored.

I don't think it's so much changing as in becoming a different person - it is just a mental awakening to the universal bigger picture. Whilst it is possible to stay stagnant - not really think about things and just be happy - I am not able to do that. My mind is like a catepillar that is emerging as a new butterfly with new insights on life and the world, and I cannot be flippant about it. I can see all the shades of grey, where there should only be black and white. Why have we become complacent in accepting all these shades of grey where there should only be black and white? Why is there only black and white where there should be shades of grey? This might not make sense to you, but it makes perfect sense to me.

I look at Bob Dylan's song the times they are a-changin' and his words ring as true today as when he first sang them. All these different scenarios are emerging, and the question is always are we on the right side of the argument? Are we choosing what is right? Are we compromising ourselves for money or power or what is the reason that we choose the wrong thing for? I could make this a very political post but I won't - I'll leave it open to your interpretation. I just wonder how do we allow ourselves to be grouped into the group that sees what is being done or chosen is wrong but just go along with it anyway. It is easier to just go with it than it is to stop and say this is not right. You may not be popular, but you will have a clear conscience. Regardless of the issue - whether it be gay rights, gay marriage, the death penalty, poaching, climate change, education. What are you deciding? What are you going with? Are you kidding yourself? Are you being honest with yourself? Are you scared to go against the tide? Always speak up even if your voice quivers. Don't allow the wrong things to continue.

Come gather 'round people
Wherever you roam
And admit that the waters
Around you have grown
And accept it that soon
You'll be drenched to the bone
If your time to you
Is worth savin'
Then you better start swimmin'
Or you'll sink like a stone
For the times they are a-changin'.

Come writers and critics
Who prophesize with your pen
And keep your eyes wide
The chance won't come again
And don't speak too soon
For the wheel's still in spin
And there's no tellin' who
That it's namin'
For the loser now
Will be later to win
For the times they are a-changin'.

Come senators, congressmen
Please heed the call
Don't stand in the doorway
Don't block up the hall
For he that gets hurt
Will be he who has stalled
There's a battle outside
And it is ragin'
It'll soon shake your windows
And rattle your walls
For the times they are a-changin'.

Come mothers and fathers
Throughout the land
And don't criticize
What you can't understand
Your sons and your daughters
Are beyond your command
Your old road is
Rapidly agin'
Please get out of the new one
If you can't lend your hand
For the times they are a-changin'.

The line it is drawn
The curse it is cast
The slow one now
Will later be fast
As the present now
Will later be past
The order is
Rapidly fadin'
And the first one now
Will later be last
For the times they are a-changin'.

What I'm trying to say in a way that make vex you greatly, is that we all know what is right and what isn't. We see the shades of grey when there should not be any. We must create the shades of grey where there is only black and white, but grey is needed. We must take action. We must fight for what is good and right, the change must start within. The change must start with you, or we'll be left with nothing. We cannot sit idly by, we have to do more. It is not just somebody's problem - it is everyone's problem. Demand more so that the right thing can be done, don't turn a blind eye  - stand up for  the person who can't. Care more, try to see the bigger picture and the world can be a better place. Listen to Imagine by John Lennon and Dreamer by Ozzy Osbourne and try to see what I want to show you even though I might not be making a lot of sense.

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