2006-09-28

wishful thinking - wilco

"fill up your mind with all it can know, but don't forget that your body will let it all go..."

2006-09-23

the wisdom of the sands - antoine de saint-exupéry

"Then it was I perceived that when a man truly comprehends the statue's smile, the temple's silence or the beauty of the landscape, it is God he is discovering. Since he then is going beyond and behind the thing itself, so as to reach the key; beyond the words, so as to hear the hymn; beyond the star-hung curtains of the night, so as to commune with eternity. For God is the supreme meaning behind men's language, and your words take meaning only when they show you God. If a little child's tears move you, they are windows opening on the vastness of the sea; for not those tears only, but the whole world's tears, are quickening your compassion, and that child is but one who takes you by the hand and shows you the sorrows of mankind."

2006-09-22

surprise - jars of clay

Shoot a dream in your arm and sleep away
It's not the stuff that kills you that keeps your life at bay
Every crash pulls you in reach
Of a watershed of signal flares that cover your beach

These are just placebos to make us feel all right
Illusions in our pockets make our feather float us high
For a second I thought I saw your eyelids rise
A moment, something restless caught you by surprise,
Surprise, surprise

We are so beautiful when we sleep
Hearts of gold and eyes so deep, deep, deep
But love won't cure the chaos
And hope won't hide the loss
And peace is not the heroine that shouts above the cause
And love is wild for reasons
And hope though short in sight
Might be the only thing that wakes you by surprise
Surprise, surprise

Dream little one
See the world just begun

Love is wild for reasons
And hope though short in sight
Might be the only thing that brings you back to life
For a moment I thought I saw your eyelids rise

Surprise, surprise, surprise...

2006-09-12

arrogance...

we in america are so arrogant in our view of the rest of the world. we view our political system, our religion, our culture as so much superior to the rest of the world. we seem to think that democracy is the best thing for the whole world - have we ever stopped to consider that maybe because of another country's culture, background, etc - that democracy may not work well for them? but WE are democratic and we're the most wealthy country in the world!!! that's another thing, we define success so much within our cultural framework - that is having status in society, having a good, steady job, having a lot of stuff - those equal success for us in America. therefore we look at a continent like Africa where frankly a lot of people just don't have jobs or possessions or anything which fits into our cultural framework, and we say "oh, they are not successful so we had better help them out". don't get me wrong, I don't think it's a bad idea to give aid to people who need it. however, here is the process that usually happens - some guy in america is sitting there thinking "these people really need our help. i think it would be a great idea if we _______" (fill in the blank). then they go do it. there is often no thought about a process like "let's go talk to them and see what they feel would most benefit them given their situation, their values, their culture, their way of life, and then determine how we can best use our resources to help them accomplish that" because we can see they obviously haven't succeeded so they probably don't know what they're doing - or at least we obviously know much better, because look at us, we've succeded in becoming affluent and having lots of stuff and being important in society.

frankly, I find our arrogance rather disturbing. we feel as though we have nothing to learn from anyone, but only a lot to teach, give, force upon the world. however, if we were all to get to know people from outside our own culture, to get to know them intimately as friends, we would start to realize that they have at least as much to teach us as we have to teach them, if not more. you can learn a lot about life from someone who is very different from you. please, let's begin to think of the world as equals, in every way. we are doing away with racial segregation, but we still segregate the minds of those outside our cultural landscape and that must go.

2006-09-11

oh my god - jars of clay

Oh my God, look around this place,
Your fingers reach around the bone,
you set the break and set the tone
For flights of grace, and future falls
In present pain all fools say, "Oh my God."

Oh my God, why are we so afraid?
We make it worse when we don't bleed,
There is no cure for our disease.
Turn a phrase and rise again,
Or fake your death and only tell your closest friends,
Oh My God.

Oh my God, can I complain?
You take away my firm belief and graft my soul upon your grief.
Weddings, boats, and alibis,
All drift away, and a mother cries...

Liars and fools, sons and failures, theives will always say..
Lost and found, ailing wanderers, healers always say..
Whores and angels, men with problems, leavers always say..
Broken hearted, separated, orphans always say..
War creators, racial haters, preachers always say..
Distant fathers, fallen warriors, givers always say..
Pilgrim saints, lonely widows, users always say..
Fearful mothers, watchful doubters, Saviors always say..

Sometimes I can not forgive
and these days mercy cuts so deep,
If the world was how it should be, maybe I could get some sleep.
While I lay, I'd dream we're better, scales were gone and faces lighter,
When we wake we hate our brother, we still move to hurt each other,
Sometimes I can close my eyes and all the fear that keeps me silent,
Falls below my heavy breathing, what makes me so badly bent?
We all have a chance to murder, we all have the need for wonder.
We still want to be reminded that the pain is worth the plunder.

Sometimes when I lose my grip, I wonder what to make of heaven,
All the times I thought to reach up, all the times I had to give up.
Babies underneath their beds, in hospitals that cannot treat them.
All the wounds that money causes, all the comforts of cathedrals,
All the cries of thirsty children, this is our inheritance,
All the rage of watching mothers, this is our greatest offense
Oh my God, Oh my God, Oh my God.

light gives heat - jars of clay

Catch the rain empty hands,
Save the children from their lands,
wash the darkness from their skin.

Heroes from the West,
We don't know you, we know best.
But this is not a test.

You treat me like I'm blind, setting fires around houses on the hill,
But light gives heat.
You segregate my mind, burning crosses from your fears, your fears,
But light gives heat.

It's not the way to light their way,
Boys in holes and empty fields,
Oh, how good it feels.
Lower class, and understate, empty promise, empty plate.

You treat me like I'm blind, setting fires around houses on the hill,
But light gives heat.
You segregate my mind, burning crosses from your fears, your fears,
But light gives heat.

You treat me like I'm blind, setting fires around houses on the hill,
But light gives heat.
You segregate my mind, burning crosses from your fears, your fears,
But light gives heat.

Will you teach us how to love? To see the things you see,
Walk the road you walk, and feel the pain that you feel.
At your feet I kneel, I want to see you shine,
See your light not mine... 'cause light gives heat...
your light gives heat... gives heat.