Monday, June 04, 2012
But I don't care 'Cause I know my happiness is waiting out there somewhere
I'm searching for that silver lining
Horizons that I've never seen.."
Lional Richie wrote a great song back in the day called Zoom. Zoom was all about folks dreaming their way out of their condition.
Unfortunately you can't just dream your way out of your condition. It won't go away if you go to church every Sunday. It won't go away if you party every Saturday night, it won't go away if you get high every day, and it sure as hell won't go away if you sit on your ass all day and wish it would.
I write a lot about injustice and institutionalized racism, and I write a lot about individual racism as well. I do it because all these things are still very much ingrained in our culture and our way of life here in America. But the best way to fight racism and injustice is to fight back. You fight back by getting off your ass and trying to improve your condition. If that means going back to school and getting a GED then so be it. If that means cutting loose that no good man or woman who has been dragging you down, then so be it. If it means you have to get up a little earlier and go to work, or stay a little later when you are at work, then so be it. The bottom line is that nothing that rewards you in a positive way will ever come easy.
"I'd like to greet the sun each morning
And walk amongst the stars at night
I'd like to know the taste of honey in my life..."
You can do all those things , maybe not literally but it will certainly feel like it.
Here is how you do it:
Find a good partner in your life; someone you can love uncondionally who will love you back. Find a job you like doing and work the heck out of it. Try to understand what is truly valuable in your life and work to make sure that it never goes away.
"I wish the world were truly happy
Living as one
I wish the word they call freedom someday would come
Someday would come"
The world will never truly be happy. And we sure as hell will never live as one. But the "word they call freedom" is already here. Now it's up to you to act on it.
Posted by field negro at 6:19 AM