On The Turning Away

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.

Guard against the impostures of pretended patriotism.

George Washington

 

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.

Be courteous to all, but intimate with few, and let those few be well tried
before you give them your confidence.

George Washington

 

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.

Let your heart feel for the afflictions and distress of everyone,
and let your hand give in proportion to your purse.
George Washington


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.
George Washington

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.
George Washington

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.

We should not look back unless it is to derive useful lessons from past errors,
and for the purpose of profiting by dearly bought experience.
George Washington

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13 thoughts on “On The Turning Away

  1. Nailed it! You are so right when you say the world is no different to the way it’s always been and I believe you are right to suggest that the power should rest with the people. Would that that could work. I am just re-reading The Cherry Orchard by Anton Chekhov. Written in 1904 it, and all his works, were part of the change that swept Russia through the later 19th Century and resulted, eventually in the revolution of 1917. Sadly, of course the power vested in the people quickly became another version of what had gone before. The idealist in me agrees with every word you speak and, as you know, I live my own life pretty much the same way as you do yours (I love that Washington quote, by the way) – if the people are truly to have the right to control their own destiny. You are right that no system is perfect but surely giving voice to the little guy is a start ….

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      1. I think one of the issues is that in the quest for equality we have actually created a more fractured society (both in the US and Europe) …. I am all for women’s rights, for example, but I do not feel that a woman should be put on a short-list for a job (and probably given the job) because it fills the necessary quota of women (the same being true of other minorities too). I only ever want to be employed if I am the best candidate. That is how I brought up my daughters. This is just one example but I do think that the current mania for nicheing is causing more problems than it solves. And it takes away the desire to really play as a team because there is constantly a window sue for unfair treatment if you don’t get your own way. Of course I will get shot one of these days for holding these views but at least I will go down with the dignity of my beliefs intact.

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  2. I have been crossing my fingers that things get turned around here. My parents are worried about their grandkids’ futures. That’s not right… I love what you said about staying in our own lives, I tend to do that. Block out all the ugly in the world and then HOPE things in it, turn around.

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  3. There is one difference I see in very recent history, that I don’t see in history anywhere prior to the 60s.. And that difference is ultimate control tool for ruling powers that they get almost for free.. Convenience.. Osyth just wrote a post about needs vs desires.. And I think it ties in with why there’s no consumer boycotts or citizen outrage, other than some marches and voices that lose notice in a short time.. At least here in the U.S.
    People controlling the power, whomever they may be, are smart enough to use issues to divide us and provide just enough comfort, to make majorities sit back down on the couch watching TV and playing on the laptop, instead of looking into issues they should be aware of and take action on..

    There are many people at the poverty level, but not as many without any comforts or living needs not met..

    Looking back in history, successful revolts by people were done in unison.. The majority were downtrodden.. They were down to starving and dying..

    Sadly, humans working together for a common goal only seems to happen when a majority are at rock bottom..

    With entertaining technology and minimal needs being met, ruling powers are the Kings and Queens moving the citizenship around like pawns.. The one need that people give up, is freedom, as long as the chips are still being passed..

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      1. Yes, I agree there would be outrage.. but not enough to band the majority of citizens together.. That’s where the movers and shakers have to work to keep a balance, tipped in thier favor , of a majority that won’t get fed up enough to make a change here..

        Dictators rule with an iron fist and history has shown that people will get fed up and revolt, sometimes just trading one dictator in for another..

        Here campaign promises are made, that aren’t met and we’ve traded in bad leaders in that replace the last ones..
        But it’s all good in the public mindset because the majority of people aren’t starving or suffering from basic needs not being met.. I think it’s sad that we don’t look at the big picture of the world around us within our own nation and act on what’s right and wrong..
        Of course that’s another reason altogether, just trying to nail down what’s right and what’s wrong..
        If people were in committed agreement in basic right and wrong, that would be a huge force to cause change..

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