On the turning away
From the pale and downtrodden
And the words they say
Which we won’t understand
“Don’t accept that what’s happening
Is just a case of others’ suffering
Or you’ll find that you’re joining in
The turning away”
It’s a sin that somehow
Light is changing to shadow
And casting it’s shroud
Over all we have known
Unaware how the ranks have grown
Driven on by a heart of stone
We could find that we’re all alone
In the dream of the proud
On the wings of the night
As the daytime is stirring
Where the speechless unite
In a silent accord
Using words you will find are strange
And mesmerized as they light the flame
Feel the new wind of change
On the wings of the night
No more turning away
From the weak and the weary
No more turning away
From the coldness inside
Just a world that we all must share
It’s not enough just to stand and stare
Is it only a dream that they’ll be
No more turning away?
On The Turning Away – Pink Floyd
Many people ignore the things they don’t want to see. They turn a blind eye to other peoples pain and sorrow, and tell themselves its ok because they can’t do anything about it. They assure themselves by caring for their own little bubble, secure in their daily routine while others have a much different reality. It’s human nature to try and protect ourselves, mentally and physically. We ignore the woes of others for fear of exposing our own little world to the dangers around us. We hide away in our minds, tell ourselves things will get better. We turn away.
We watch the news and see terrible events happening all over the world. Our so called leaders talk of stemming the tide of disaster by controlling this or that, aid the helpless with this program or that. More and more people fall into the trap of living their lives on the backs of others. Believing the words of those who proclaim they have the solution, they can stop all the injustice, make a system that is fair to all. They seek to change the minds of the masses through soaring rhetoric and strength of will, only to be exposed as frauds and liars. Such is the weakness of man. As ones power over others grows, so to does ones failure at seeing the ultimate consequence of their actions. Their hearts harden to the suffering of the individual. They turn away.
When shall we wake up and see the world for what it is? It’s not new or different then it was a thousand years ago. We can no more control all that happens anymore than the Romans did, the Ottomans or the Persians. All tried their hand at “Globalization” in one form or another. Start by trying to win the hearts and minds of the people with promises impossible to keep. Provide many of the daily needs of the people by from taking from the rich, and giving to the poor, until all are dependent. All in the name of fairness. As time passes, and dissent arises, a strong hand is used in the name of security and peace, only to lead to oppression. History is full of fallen cultures that believed they had all the answers. They turned away.
Remember the saying, “Charity begins at home?” I truly believe in that. We all need to start with ourselves and our families. Do what’s best for yourself and the ones most important to you first, then when you are in a position of plenty, you strive to help, not support others that are worthy. People that want a hand up, not a hand out. Those that will do the same for others in their time of plenty. If you want to make a real difference, you have to start from a position of strength. What good does it do to help others only to deplete yourself in the process? Our countries should all do the same.
There can be no greater error than to expect, or calculate, upon real favors from nation to nation. It is an illusion which experience must cure, which a just pride ought to discard.
Life is not fair. There is no way to change that. We can’t fix every problem in this world no matter how hard we try. So why do governments try at the expense of their own people? Why do they send so much to others in need, tragic as their situation may be, that have no chance or want of helping others in their time of plenty? Why would they run a country into so much debt that makes it financially unstable? Is it power over others in the name of charity? Is it a global game of chess? Trying to win the hearts and minds of their people so that they can exploit the resources of their country? You have to wonder sometimes what many world leaders are thinking. What their true motives are.
The basis of our political system is the right of the people to make and
to alter their constitutions of government.
The real power in this country should reside with the people. America was formed in the hopes of taking the power out of the hands of the few, and putting it into the hands of the people. Although no system is perfect, the benefits of freedom are not lost on me. The liberty I enjoy was granted me by the lives of those who came before, by the sacrifices they made for the country as a whole. When I see people protest for more free this or that, it makes me sad to think where we are going as a nation, how far we have fallen from what we had. We turned away.