The strangest thing happened to me today.
I'm a senior in high school and one of my teachers' husbands came to class today to talk about AIDS in honor of World AIDS Day, which is actually tomorrow (December 1). We viewed a video taken by a college student who went to Kenya and ended up interviewing those who lived in one of the biggest slums down there. The video really moved many of us...there were "rivers" of excrements running down the "streets"(dirt paths about 5 feet wide between the shacks that people lived in). There were mothers who, desperate for money, became prostitutes to feed their children. These women are sleeping with 1,000 men per year, only 30% of whom agree to wear a condom, in order to feed their children--there's no other way for them. There is no form of government in these slums, the biggest of which houses over one million people. Watching the video, you could almost smell the stench coming from the place. We, being human, tend to think "well, just stop having sex" because that's how AIDS is most commonly spread. But for many of these people, sex is the only pleasure they can derive from life in the conditions in which they live. Women will not let their children waste away, starving, if they can get money for food by selling themselves. This movie was so moving; it really opened our eyes and made most of us realize how incredibly fortunate we are and how we need to DO something. I could go on forever but I need to finish my story.
Tonight my friend and I went to a movie. You know, the typical American thing: mall, ice cream, IMAX 3-D movie with popcorn in big comfy seats.
After I'd dropped my friend off at her house and was heading home, I started flipping through radio stations because we'd been listening to some pretty crappy music (I'd let her pick the station...big mistake). All night I had been kind of subconciously noticing the overwhelming, saddening wealth and fortune of our country...Taco Bell, ice cream, a mall, a car, a movie theater, popcorn...stoplights....a highway...worrying about being "fat" because we have so much food...radio stations.
I have got to tell you, the radio stations really have to STOP PLAYING SO MANY COMMERCIALS because I flipped through all the channels twice before I found a station that was playing music. And the music it was playing was this song. And this was the first time I actually listened to the words. Seriously? I got goosebumps. Of all the stations, the only channel playing music was playing this song, and it was almost as if someone were waiting for me to flip to exactly that channel. This song is what I had been feeling all day...my feelings put into a work of art.
This morning, before any of this happened, I prayed that God would help me make a difference in someone's life today...it's what I try to pray for every day. This was God's way of kicking me in the ass and shouting "WHY ARE YOU SITTING AROUND DOING NOTHING?! GET OUT THERE AND MAKE A DIFFERENCE!!" I've been trying to decide if I want to participate in Peace Corp or try to integrate extended missions trips into my schedule over the next few years, and I'll tell ya...this song made me realize that there is no way I CAN'T.
In other words, I freakin adore this song and am in awe of it and the circumstanses I found it under. I've found a new favorite song. :)
it's more powerful than it appears | Reviewer: Anonymous | 11/21/07
"God forbid you ever had to wake up to hear the news
'Cause then you really might know what it's like to have to lose", it really made me remember the time i was waken in the early morning to find out my uncle was dead[him and i were very close].it's a really powerful verse.
Sorry I rambled | Reviewer: Kristin | 11/12/07
Everyone's got their story. Everyone knows some form of pain and misery, but not everyone knows compassion. We seem to be lost as a human race, caught up in the routine of life, our own abilities, and just everything that has to do with us and us alone. The stories of other people, how they got to where they are, why they're sad, lost, miserable or alone, don't matter, and they should. I think this song just really portrays all that's wrong with society right now, why we fight, why we're at war, why everything has just been in a downward spiral. Right now, there is no great rise of humanity, it's just loss of relations and thus understanding between humans and societies. And it's really quite sad, in all actuality. People just need to realize what they do to each other as groups, lost in the mob mentality, and then this world would be a much better place...because in the end, why do we care so much about ourselves? We're just another blink in the eyes of time, and there are much bigger things to worry about.
raw | Reviewer: Anonymous | 10/19/07
Amazing song. These lyrics give me shivers every time: "They call her a killer, and they call her a sinner, and they call her a whore/God forbid you ever had to walk a mile in her shoes/'Cause then you really might know what it's like to have to choose"