Sometimes one listens to a song and hears the music...and...at other times one hears a song and "feels" the music. Tonight while I was at the gym listening to Pearl Jam's song World Wide Suicide I found myself "feeling" the emotional force behind this song...then...later I found my mind pondering why I sometimes feel like we are at the brink of a World Wide Suicide...and... Here are 15 reasons why I sometimes feel the existential angst behind this particular song.
When I am reminded of the war in Iraq and the loss of American and Iraqi lives.
When I continue to hear one bad story after another regarding the economic situation in America and the potential implications for the rest of the world.
When I am reminded of the story of a woman I know who was raped by her father who was a deacon in the church and a leader in the community.
When I see people I know who have been legitimately victimized and can't break themselves from the shackles and bondage of the victim mentality.
When I see politicians willing to do "almost" anything to win an election.
When I see so much money spent on the nomination process.
When I am channel surfing and come across one of those ridiculous reality shows. I don't mean to offend anyone, but I "hate" all these shows...for the record.
Whenever I hear one more story about the Reverend Wright and the guilt by association implications that come from some quarters.
When I see people I know who are caught in the destructive web of workaholism.
When I visited my mom's vacant house and discovered gang bangers had tagged the entire inside with graffiti. I almost threw up.
When I drive around town and see house after house after house either for sale, rent, or in the process of being foreclosed.
When I am overwhelmed with such powerful emotions like fear to the point where I feel like I am having an out of body experience.
When I hear idiots who have not stepped into a classroom in twenty or thirty years assert they know and understand the terrible plight of public education in this country.
Anytime I allow myself to listen to talk radio...and...remember that millions of people listen to this "shit"...pardon my French...
And finally, whenever I hear a anyone assert that Barack Obama has no substance and anyone who follows or supports him is simply caught up in a "cult of personality"