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Ball of Confusion (That's What the World is Today)--A Rock-and-Roll Epistle

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"People movin' out, people movin' in,

Why? Because of the color of their skin;

Run, run, run, but you sure can't hide.

An eye for an eye, a tooth for a tooth,

Vote for me and I'll set you free;

Rap on brother, rap on.

The only one talking about love thy brother is the... preacher,

And it seems--no one's interested in learning but the... teacher.

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Segregation, determination, demonstration, integration,

Aggravation, humiliation, obligation to our nation:

Ball of Confusion--

Oh yeah, That's what the world is today. Woo, hey, hey."

Ball of Confusion (That's What the World is Today), Norman Whitfield

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The Temptations, 1970

Seven years ago, in the ninth article I wrote for OpEdNews, "Choosing the Hardest Thing" (16 June 2007), I made an attempt to define what I believed constituted human evil [Corrections, additions, and amplifications in brackets]:

"I bring up Star Wars as an example for one reason only: the fall of Anikin Skywalker from grace to become Darth Vader--mirrored by the simultaneous descent of the democratic Galactic Republic into a fascist Empire--is symptomatic of the basic reaction to fear that we all experience. This six-part cinema epic of the ascent, fall, and redemption of Skywalker/Vader, has the advantage of being a well-known story from popular culture, and does an exemplary job of demonstrating the ease with which you can do evil, and the near impossibility of undoing evil. It is not history, it is myth; but as Joseph Campbell made clear in his writings, myths tell us a higher truth about ourselves and our world than any history or philosophy.

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Richard Girard is an increasingly radical representative of the disabled and disenfranchised members of America's downtrodden, who suffers from bipolar disorder (type II or type III, the professionals do not agree). He has put together a team to (more...)

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