Well, another year is all but gone and I am spending some time reflecting on my life and was transported back to one moment. This was a time in my life where I was busy raising a family, and trying to find some purpose for my existence on this planet–that is, when I wasn’t raising hell over how self-centered people of my generation were and refusing to come out of my rabbit hole long enough to let anyone prove me wrong. I literally was reclusive. I refused to go to theaters…Refused to go to concerts–with the exception of Duran Duran‘s for the simple fact that I liked how they had the balls to push the envelope and piss people off–e.g.–“Girls on Film“: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gudEttJlw3s ) and don’t worry…This is the clean version. I also like “Girl Panic” because if the critics are going to trash a Duran Duran video–it’s because they came up with something original and new that pisses ’em off all over again. I love it that the band has the cojones to keep pissing them off too. Why? I’m not a musical purist.
Now it is 27 years later. The world has drastically changed–and not for the better, really. Too many people do not mind their own business, too many countries are sticking their noses where it shouldn’t–ours included. Some of the problems we saw from the 80’s on have only intensified. Financial institutions are charging people to have access to THEIR OWN MONEY, which to me = theft. Too many companies are charging exorbitant fees for using debit cards to pay a bill ($15-25 to make a payment using one is stupid!) and then whining if you say anything about it being “wrong”.
We see more people losing their homes while the political parties are too busy pointing fingers at each other, God, the unions, the weather and–well, you get the picture, I think. Americans are not content to be simply Americans and unite behind a single cause–which that cause should be freedom from the corruption we see going on in the financial institutions and in the government. Oh NO! Everyone wants their own flags, holidays, and observance thereof. IT is there. All sides know it but don’t want to face the fact that ALL parties are in on this crap because in the end, they want to be in charge of it!
They thrive on this division only I didn’t see this back in 1984. This isn’t about left, right or any of that. It is about the very fact that as Americans we no longer unite long enough to accomplish anything. Yet in one moment in 1984, I was given one glimpse of hope for us all as the human race, and it was when I saw this video and what the artists were doing! For once a group stood united and brought a little change about in the world–or should I say in MY world? That group was Band Aid. Every artist in here and in the later edition which was made in 2010 were being genuine and it showed.
And in 1984, for one moment, I was reminded maybe the world isn’t such a bad place to take part in after all. Here is that video…
Later, I went back into my “rabbit hole” and stayed there until I decided to get my head out of my dark spot and grow up! That was in 2008. Do I regret that? No. Why? Because everything I have come to learn since I came back out in 2008 has put me right where I need to be WHEN I need to be there. I believe that there is a Renaissance rather than an outright Revolution on the horizon. People are learning. This world is not like what I grew up in, and everyone in generations before has passed that bit of news to the next generation in line! Being that I am going to be a grandmother–I suspect I’ll do the same thing! Have a great week!