Monday, July 13, 2015

Music Monday: Watching the World Wake up from History

This is an old 1990's hit, that stayed in my mind.

For any young'uns reading my blog that DON'T remember, to me this represented everything possible, all the changes happening in that era. The fall of the Berlin Wall, the end of Apartheid in South Africa, the fall of the U.S.S.R.
"When it seemed the world can change in the blink of an eye."
My encounters with global and transnational feminisms in the mid-2000s introduced me to the concept that we in the United States need to clean up our own house before we worry about others'. Remove the plank from our own eye, before attempting to clear the mote from another country's. My own observations in the decade since that graduation show that there is some truth to that thought.

(If your mind automatically rejects the concept, I suggest you go back to read Awareness, because Anthony de Mello can help you with that.)

And so, this song came to mind for me again on Friday, when I heard that South Carolina lowered the battle flag.

It is a symbolic gesture, in many ways. There is much work still to be done, for this to be a land of equal opportunity under law. But it is an important step in the right direction.

"Right here, right now, there is no other place I want to be.
 Right here, right now, watching the world wake up from history."