Music Monday – Common Decency

People are people
So why should it be
You and I should get
Along so awfully

As the candidates prepare for their third debate, interested people prepare to watch and [Facebook] post and tweet their thoughts, and uninterested people surf through their previously DVR’d programs to avoid having to watch it.  I find it a good time for Music Monday to focus on Depeche Mode’s “People are People”.

…And you’re shouting at me
I’m relying on your common decency
So far it hasn’t surfaced
But I’m sure it exists

Politics is big business and the more controversial and polarizing the topic, the better for the political machines.  They grind away, spewing hate and lies, trying to find anything they can to trash a candidate.  “Talk shows” invite folks on who have opposing views and then pretend to be aghast when the screaming starts.  The debates, which may have been, at one time long, long ago, actual debates, are only one step away from becoming the Jerry Springer Show.  Okay, maybe two steps.  Maybe Jerry Springer would make a good moderator.  We could see how well the candidates can charge accross the stage, throw punches, and spew profanity.  We could also bring on surprise guests from their sordid pasts…but I digress.

It’s obvious you hate me
Though I’ve done nothing wrong
I’ve never ever met you so what could I have done

It’s a good question.  Once a person is identified as a Republican or Democrat, Liberal or Conservative, they are immediately attacked by people who hold opposing views…even when they’ve never met them, never spoken to them, and probably never even heard their reason for having that label.
In this world of rapidly waning “common decency”, we’d all do well to work a little harder at actually being more tolerant rather than paying it lip service.
Of course, I can’t just leave off talking about how bad off we are, about how we’re heading toward bigger clashes, and a more divergent society without suggesting a better way.  We’ll start the healing off with the Black Eyed Peas asking “Where’s the Love?” and wrap it up with The Youngbloods “Get Together.”

But if you only have love for your own race
Then you only leave space to discriminate
And to discriminate only generates hate
And when you hate then you’re bound to get irate

While that lyric by the Black Eyed Peas is specific to race, it applies to any group identity –religion, gender, sexual orientation, and political affiliation being some of the big ones.

 If you hear the song I sing
you will understand…listen
You hold the key to love and fear
all in your trembling hand
Just one key unlocks them both
It’s there at your command


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