Sympathy is what we need, my friends… 16 December, 2006Posted by paralleldivergence in Music, My Thoughts, Political Correctness.
We all live in our little boxes, struggling with our own little problems. Our experience of the world is based on what we see on TV or what we read on the Internet. The media tells us what they want us to hear – a politician made an embarrassing mistake, a celebrity was seen out with another celebrity last night and the amazing pet dog found its way home after being missing for two months. But is this really what’s important in our world?
More than six billion people surround us on this planet, but less than a mile from where you are right now, there’s probably a homeless person. In some countries, entire cities of people don’t have enough food to eat while other cities throw out masses of perfectly good food each night from their supermarkets and restaurants. Clean water for drinking is used to flush toilets around the world while some communities fear drinking from their only water sources because of disease. The richest 2% own more than half the world’s wealth, while the poorest 50% account for less than 1% of global wealth.
War. People fight over land. People fight over oil. People fight over religion. People fight to conquer. People fight to defend. People fight to survive.
All we have is this Earth. All we have is our 75 years. All some people have is 35 years. What if Heaven is a myth? Would we treat our fellow Man any differently? Is human life really so disposable? Sympathy is what we need.
Back in 1970, a UK band called Rare Bird wrote and released this beautiful song called Sympathy that you’ve probably never heard of, covered beautifully by marillion here. I put together this video by taking images from the Web to produce an amazing song more poignant to today than it was all those years ago. Please watch and listen carefully.