Greetings. It's still hard to look at current events and not be ready to go into hibernation or something until things start looking up. We have challenges to our civil liberties here in the U. S., challenges to our social safety net (what's left of it), and even to our democracy itself. On top of that, there are concerns we are putting our entire Planet in danger by ignoring climate change and raising the threat of a nuclear arms race.
I often feel it seems we are looking at a Gordian Knot of interconnected problems. Whatever means Alexander the Great used to cut or untie the legendary knot, we need to think of what tools we have to slice through our own problems and work toward solutions.
As I was thinking of this post, a song came to mind. "If I Had a Hammer," written by Pete Seeger and Lee Hays, a protest song (and do we ever need them now!) which needed Peter, Paul, and Mary to make its big splash. Here are the lyrics with some really great notes about the song. How about a video? I really like the version by Trini Lopez! I'm not sure about the Hammer, but it seems fairly clear to me that the Bell would be our Liberty Bell, reminding us of our founding principles. And the Song? Well, maybe the Allman Brothers' "Revival" might do!
So what tools do we have?
How about the key to freedom we hand off to others, especially those who may be different from us?
How about the ladder of opportunity we help build for others to rise?
How about the globe we need to always keep in front of us to remind us to care for Planet Earth?
And as for song... how about this? Get Together
So, what tools do YOU have? Do share in comments!
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