Saturday, 2 August 2014

Plus Ca Change

Everyone knows the saying, "The more things change, the more they stay the same."

The ongoing violence in the Middle East shows no sign of ending.  Many other countries are threatening violence at some slight or other.  Illness runs rampant in Africa because people don't have enough clean water and resources to halt the spread.  It's a scary world out there.

Recently I was thinking of David Bowie's apocalyptic song "Time Will Crawl" which is essentially a rant against unchecked industrial pollution, proliferation of nuclear weapons, and chemical warfare.  He has stated that it was inspired by the Chernobyl disaster.

Almost 25 years after that song was written, the world has changed very little.  The environment continues to be polluted at the expense of polar ice and stable weather patterns.  Countries still have nukes pointed at each other.  Chemicals used in food production are killing beneficial insects and contributing to the rise in cancers.

I'm sure none of us want our children to grow up to see a poisoned world.  Unfortunately too many people in positions of power fail to see how insane the status quo is.

Time will crawl
And our heads bowed down
(Time will crawl)
And our eyes fall out
(Time will crawl)
And the streets run red
(Time will crawl)
Till the 21st century lose

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