A song comes full circle
Today, I sit and ponder the future. What does it truly hold for us? People preparing for "the end of the world" in two days. Others, relaxing a bit until the much talked about "December 21,2012 "end." I am amazed that so many people are certain that because a calender, created by a people long, long ago, ended on a specific date, that our world will end on that day. The verse "only my Father knows when I come back" echo's in my head. If God did not even tell his own son when the world would end, why would you think he whispered in to the minds of a people that ceased to exist, when the day would be? If they disappeared then they are not going to be much help to us, are they? hmmmm???
While I thought on this subject, a song came to my mind. I looked the lyrics up and smiled as I read the words. Seeing how much a song writer from the Sixties could have imagined amazed me. Knowing that I have lived long enough to see so many of his "predictions" come to life, completely amazes me and scares me, at the same time. I find it strange though that he wrote it about a time so far into the future. Many of his words are now or have already happened. let me take you for a walk through his song and see what things are already here. The song could not have been more accurate and could easily have titled "the year 2011.
"In the year 2525, if man is still alive, if women can survive, they may find... "ain't gonna need to tell the truth, tell no lie, Everything you think, do and say, is in the pill you took today." ~~~ "you ain't gonna need your teeth, won't need your eyes, you won't find a thing to chew, nobody's gonna look at you."
Just in those words, we can see today. People taking pills to enhance their thinking, programmed by our life-styles to say and do what Uncle Sam says or suffer the penaties of having all of your needs shut off to you. I think of how we drive in the City. No one looks at the driver beside them for fear they may set them off and be hurt or worse. We walk side by side with 7 Billion people and never stop to say hello or acknowledge them in any way. Life is simply to busy for that.
"Your arms hangin' limp at your sides, your legs got nothin' to do, some machine doin' that for you." As technology progreeses and we design a machine or two that can do the work of 3 people, we shut out the human factor, which leaves our arms and legs free to do"nothing." In order to keep up with the demands of an ever increasing demand, we replace people with machines, capable of doing what we once needed the "working class" society to do.
"You won't need no husband, won't need no wife, you'll pick your son, pick your daughter too, from the bottom of a long glass tube." DO I need to elaborate on this one? Couples and singles are more and more going to "donor banks" and hand-picking the exact baby you want. Even the color of their eyes an hair can be pre-ordered so that we get the exact "product" we want. How sad that gone is the day of excitement in finding the gender of our new baby when he/she is born. Money, time, life, and all that goes with it, does not allow us the luxury any-more of waiting to know what the baby is.
" In the year 7510, if God's a-coming, he outa make it by then, Maybe he'll look around Himself and say,"guess it's time for the judgement day"... "8510, God is gonna shake his mighty head, He'll either say "I'm pleased where man has been" Or tear it down and start again." 9595, I'm kinda wonderin' if man is gonna be alive, He's taken everything this old earth can give, and he ain't put back nothing..........
Hmmmm??? Why does that sound so very familiar? We take and we take and we destroy everything that is good on this planet and then we dare wonder why it is crumbling at our feet. I listen to the talk of how the world's resources are being used up at an alarming rate and think, "We are an extremely intelligent species, capable of creating anything our minds can imagine. How is it then, that we are so blind to the way we are taking all of what God put here, placed here in such a way that it would sustain life forever, and destroying it all, piece by piece, tree by tree and resource by resource? Can we really not see it????
"Now it's been 10,000 years, man has cried a billion tears, for what he never knew, now man's reign is through... But through eternal night, the twinkling of starlight,So very far away, maybe it is only Yesterday............"
It looks to me that Zager was very insightful when he wrote this song. A song that was written in 30 minutes, according to he and his partner. Yesterday???? Yes, most of this song has happened and long before yesterday. Will we ever take the time to stop and see what we have done to this planet? Will demands of the people win out over saving our planet. I wonder if God will even need to lift a finger to end it all. I am sure that if he waits a little longer, we will take care of it ourselves.
When will the "end" come? I do not have a clue. What I do know is that if we do not change our ways, if we continue to destroy and leave the world as it is, we may not have to wait very long for "the End."