This is the first time I’ve sat down to write a post and haven’t had a clear idea of what I’m going to write about. I guess all my creative energy has been zapped trying to write this new album. And, there’s so much going on in the world right now, anything I have to say seems inconsequential at best.

I don’t own a TV, so I haven’t seen recent televised news reports. I mostly keep in touch through reading. There’s a lot of attention drawn to social media & citizen journalism, and I’ve mostly been paying attention to that in order to find out what’s happening in the world. I think watching the news is bad for all of us. If it was just factual news, well ok then – but it’s rarely ever just news. The presentation has a way of polarizing issues and causing division among us. This is the poison in our drinking water.

I’ve heard someone say recently that humanity has always had it this bad, we’ve just become more connected so we are more able to notice the trend. I guess the good news is supposed to be that things aren’t getting worse, we just never knew they were this bad? Ouch.

So today I’m thinking about Bob Dylan and Woody Guthrie. Most everyone knows tunes like Blowin’ in the Wind and This Land is Your Land. They’re iconic songs that exist worlds away from the music industry as we know it, which often judges a song’s worth by the merit of dollar signs. I wonder if there will ever be songs like those again. And if there are, will anyone hear them? Will they encourage us to step back and see things from a bigger perspective? To re-examine our leaders and our systems? To re-examine ourselves?

Scrutiny is painful, ignorance is easy.

The way forward is not easy, but I’ve got to hold on to the hope that as long as We the People are committed to calling out injustice and actively working for justice – in our world, in our local communities, and especially in ourselves – we can overcome.

How many years can a mountain exist
Before it’s washed to the sea?
How many years can some people exist
Before they’re allowed to be free?
How many times can a man turn his head
Pretending he just doesn’t see?
The answer, my friend, is blowin’ in the wind
The answer is blowin’ in the wind

How many times must a man look up
Before he can see the sky?
How many ears must one man have
Before he can hear people cry?
How many deaths will it take till he knows
That too many people have died?
The answer, my friend, is blowin’ in the wind
The answer is blowin’ in the wind

Bob Dylan, “Blowin’ in the Wind”