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Music as the Healing Cure to Civilizations Disconnect and Discontent: The Lyrical Musings of Doug Hendren

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Ah, the late 60's and early 70's.  The music flowed with vibrant lyrics causing us to question authority, and, more importantly, how we perceived reality.  Thus there were songs like Steppenwolf's "Monster."  Within that song, the chorus shouts out the need for Americans to get off their a*ses and do something with the out-of-control government behind the Vietnam war:

            American, where are you now,

   Don't you care about your sons and daughters

   Don't you know, we need you now?

   We can't fight alone against the Monster.

Who is that Monster and who drives it?   More importantly, do WE care about our sons and daughters of today or do we just care about ourselves?   Do we care enough to make basic and foundational changes to our lifestyle, and our ways of looking at life?   Alternatively, are we cells in that monster?

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Do we continue to see our power in voting?   Or is it like Steppenwolf's "Monster" where it is sang:

            Now their vote is a meaningless joke.

I couldn't say it any better than Steppenwolf.  

Think of how many of the ancients use to think out the effects of their actions on future generations.   The answer to "don't you care about your sons and daughters" or grandsons and granddaughters is a definite "NO!"

Do we see any viable world for our future generations through our fracking for gas, fighting ceaseless wars, driving species extinct at mind boggling rates, and standardizing everything from education to farming?   All we want is short-term gains.   Control and domination is our ethos.   Freedom and a high quality life for our children and other future generations are thus damned!

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Oh, yes, we are all on the corporate assembly line.   We are being assembled into short-term goods for the short-term wellbeing of the wealthy few.   How many times do we need to hear Bob Dylan's line from "Blowing in the Wind":  

   How many times can a man turn his head?

   And pretend that he just doesn't see.

How many times, indeed, do we pretend not to see?  

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Burl is an avid writer and publishes to OpEd News. He is author of "Sophia's Web: A Passionate Call to Heal Our Wounded Nature." As of this writing, Burl is planning to self-publish the book. Alongside his wife, Burl co-hosts an on line radio (more...)

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