Sunday, February 8, 2009

We Are All In This Together

I really liked this chapter because it did remind me of my values I was taught when growing up. Remember the phrase: Treat others as you'd like to be treated? It almost goes to say that we should step out of our comfort zone to help others who may be living like we would never want to be living, to help our planet so our children and grandchildren will have a planet left to live on. To treat things how we would want to be treated.

I got this CD for christmas from an artist named Ben Lee and he has some very powerful songs on this album. In the song, "We Are All In This Together" he says, "every 12 seconds someone remembers that we're all in this together." He also says things such as, "I'm made of atoms You're made of atoms And we're all in this together. And long division just doesn't matter'Cause we're all in this together." I think that is so true. We are all human, we all make mistakes, yet we can also all make a difference and some things just do not matter when it comes to opinions we have. We should not let what other people say get in our way, yet we all do. It also shows us that we are not alone in these causes. Sure we may be the first to speak up, but it's almost garunteed we are not the first person to think of the issue at hand. Once again, we are all in this together.

In the book, a woman named Gloria Steinem is quoted as saying," As for who we will be, the answer is: We don't know....But we do know that growth comes from saying yes to the unkown." I think this is what we will all be doing here in the next few months, but also what I will be doing as I move into the future. I believe only God knows what my future looks like but one thing I do know is that I will be using music (one of the things I love in life) to reach out to others. Thus I picked my major based off of that idea. I have a passion for music and a passion for disabled kids, therefore it was obvious I would help those kids using music. It is something I look forward to in my future but then again all I am doing is saying yes to the unknown.

We are all in this world together, so shouldn't we all take the first step into the unknown and see what a difference we can make for the rest of society?

Here is a video I found of that song quoted in my blog, it is pretty amazing!


Derick the Crowell said...

"Wisdom is wisdom regardless of it's source."

I like the points you make about the change speaking up can produce, that is, the avenue for collaboration it can provide between people feeling the same way about an issue. Without that catalyst, maybe nothing would be done!

I also like your focus on our collective fate, it is important that people realize helping "them" is actually helping "you!"

Also, music is a great way to make a connection! What I've always loved about music is I feel it is an effective way to meld our hearts and minds and then transmit that synthesis to others in a way that mere words cannot. I envy your ability, for the music I make is usually better categorized as "noise." ;)

Anna Mann said...

I totally agree with you!
Although everytime I read the phrase "We're all in this together" I can't help but think of HSM. haha

I think it's great you are going to help special needs children through music! That is awesome! Good luck :)

Dr. V said...

Loved the youtube but the cat was very scary...

Ana Chandler said...

YES!! I LOVED YOUR FIRST PARAGRAPH!!! This is the biggest statement I make when I get into my social justice mood... HUMAN KIND is HUMAN KIND culture, color, location has nothing to do with you and you shouldnt be judged upon it we are HUMAN KIND.

Enrique Cardon said...

First of all, let me just say that I am digging your allusion to High School Musical in the title (even if you didn't know it was from High School Musical...)!

But yeah, we definitely are all in this world together. While it is good to recognize the many different cultures in the world, it is also important to recognize the biggest culture of all... being human. And if we can't recognize that we are all the same, then the world will not be a bright place for our children.