The Land of Confusion
In the 1980s, Genesis had a popular song called Land of Confusion. Recently Disturbed remade it. Both versions have the same imagery in the lyrics of a destitute land. Both are filled with longing for the past, and not much hope for our future.
But there is hope. Just listen to the lyrics of either version. “I won’t be coming home tonight. My generation will set it right.” Since time immemorial, every new generation has been left with the mistakes of those before, and it has been up to them to clean up the mess. For my parents generation, it was the mistakes made during the depression that they had to fix. For my generation, we have been left with the legacy of Vietnam, for our parents who fought during the time, on both sides. For our children, it will be 9/11, Iraq, and this ecological disaster in the Gulf of Mexico. Who knows what our granchildren will face.
We can’t sustain our love affair with destruction any longer. It is not up to us as Americans, for we must look beyond nationality. We must come together as a global community to correct our mistakes. Not by these ludicrous standards that punish large nations must we do this, but by making honest efforts. We must reward those who make efforts to create new technology, and then SHARE it.
This can no longer be about profit. Instead, it must be about the greater good. Why are we destroying our planet? It’s the only one we have, and I like the Star Trek model of a better future than one where we destroy our planet.
Then there’s Politics.
We can no longer sit idly by as our Politicians do whatever they please. Once they are in office, they still answer to us. We put them there. The power belongs with us, not with them. Just because they are elected, does not mean they are indespensible. Just look at Nixon. Even for all of the good that he did, the only thing he will be remembered for is Watergate.
If we remember Sean Penn’s words from the remake of All the King’s Men, “If you don’t vote, then you don’t matter!” then we must also step out from our shelters to do what is needed.
In this world that we live in today, we must realize that it is up to us to fix the future. Starting today, we must make the world a better place for ourselves, our children, and our granchildren. We must do this in every way. Even in the smallest of ways, we can do this. Register to vote. Make your voices heard in November.