ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel
  • »
  • Entertainment and Media»
  • Music

No More Turning Away?

Updated on March 30, 2012

Turning Away


From the beginning of time people have committed evil acts, done horrendous things, and hurt each other in numerous ways. But recently it seems as if the world has gotten worse. As the old saying goes, we seem to be “going to hell in a handbasket.” Within the past several years, students have been shot for their beliefs in Columbine, thousands have died in terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon, poverty and homeless numbers have drastically risen, and wars are breaking out all over the world. We must ask ourselves, “What are we doing to assist and prevent these things and the millions of other cases like them from happening?” In their song “On The Turning Away,” Pink Floyd attempts to address this question and to imagine what life would be like if we tried to do something about the heinous acts being committed in our world today.

The song opens with a picture of “pale and downtrodden” people who are being ignored when they try to raise their voices to protest what is happening to them. “On the turning away from the pale and downtrodden, and the words they say which we don’t understand.” The singer pleads with the people of the world to not “accept that what’s happening is just a case of others’ suffering.” The suffering that goes on in the world is not something that we should ignore. Many avenues of relief exist if we will just make the effort to find out where they are and how to get them. Be it donations of money or time, prayers, or actual hands-on help, if we don’t do it, then we will be ‘joining in the turning away.”

Pink Floyd begins the second verse by saying that “it’s a sin that somehow light is changing to shadow.” In the Bible, Jesus states that “he who does unto the least of these does unto me.” For a Christian person, this is not only a statement, but a reprimand if we do not try to do something about what is going on. The sin is “casting it shroud over all we have known.” A shroud is a sheet that is wrapped around a corpse in order to hide or conceal it. The mention of a shroud symbolizes the way we as humans try to put a veil over our eyes so that we don’t feel like we are ignoring the evil; we are just blind to it and thus ignorant of it. And if we do this, we will be “unaware how the ranks have grown.” The blindness of the world is what has allowed evil to spread and get bigger, like a leak in a bathtub, until it is overflowing the whole world. And, according to the song, if we allow this to happen, we “will find that we’re all alone in the dream of the proud.”

Source

No More


Despite cynicism and darkness during the beginning of the song, the final two verses end on a more uplifting and positive note: “On the wings of the night, as the daytime is stirring, and the speechless unite in a silent accord.” Slowly we are becoming aware of what is going on…the media coverage of the Columbine shooting and 9/11 took care of that. Major television programs raise attention to issues. We are being given the opportunity to not hide our heads in the sand and ignore what happens daily around us. If we come together we will be “using words you will find are strange” such as “help,” “hope,” and “future.” “Mesmerized as they light the flame.” It’s funny how one little candle can dispel the blackness in a completely dark room, isn’t it? If ten thousand candles burn in that dark room, then it isn’t dark anymore. At last the world can “feel the new wind of change on the wings of the night.”

In conclusion, if we take into consideration the assets that are available to us—money, technology, knowledge, power—then we will no longer be able to turn away. Turning towards and doing something about all of the horrible things going on around us will mean that there will be “no more turning away from the weak and the weary.” If we allow ourselves to light that little flame that is to mesmerize us, there will be “no more turning away from the coldness inside.” The flame that we light will melt that coldness and we will finally have “just a world that we all must share.” Pink Floyd tells us once again that “it’s not enough just to stand and stare.” We can’t ignore it, we can’t wish it away, and we can’t keep the shroud over our eyes to blind us from the fact that, yes, the world is getting worse. So we must ask ourselves…”is it only a dream that there’ll be no more turning away?”

Comments

    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    • UnnamedHarald profile image

      David Hunt 6 years ago from Cedar Rapids, Iowa

      Very nice article, deannad97. I fear the only outlet for truth anymore is the Internet-- but it's necessary to understand it's a great outlet for lies and ignorance. Alas, governments around the world are finally coming around to the understanding that ordinary people are getting and spreading truths that are not in the "national interest". If this outlet is censored successfully, there will be nothing left but filtered, selective information. Love the "Pink Floyd" references. Voted up and interesting.

    working

    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, hubpages.com uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at: "https://hubpages.com/privacy-policy#gdpr"

    Show Details
    Necessary
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is used to quickly and efficiently deliver files such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the googleapis.com or gstatic.com domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Features
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Marketing
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisements has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Statistics
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)