Lack of strong communities–another reason the hippies died.

I’ve written about this many times before (elsewhere), but it bears repeating…

and repeating…

Repeat…

Repeat…

Repeat…

Ribit…

Ribit…

Ribit…

Hmm… Sounds a bit froggy… Perhaps one day, someone, somewhere will actually hear these sounds. I’m a voice crying out in the wilderness, but…

Okay, here goes:

We Americans are VERY disconnected from each other. We’ve lost our communities. In fact, it is almost illegal to form communities anymore. Heaven forbid, you sit on a set of stairs leading up to a building or on a public sidewalk or curb. It just isn’t allowed. You are loitering. Trespassing. Displaying yourself out in public is almost a form of nakedness these days. We expect to wear clothing (well… most of us do) before we exit our front door. But nowadays, we must also expect to keep moving when out in public. If we sit down or (yikes!) fall asleep, we’re somehow violating a public space by our very existence within it.

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Self-improvement vs. Other improvement

One way we can avoid confronting our own problems is by focusing on other people and their problems instead.

I know a man who is a talented comedian. He’s a cross between Zach Galifianakis and Jim Gaffigan, though a bit older than both of them. Yet he rarely performs stand up comedy and is very well-unknown (as opposed to well-known, you see.) When I asked him why, he complained that other comedians were using profanity in their comedy, that he was against it and didn’t like hearing them swear on stage. His comedy was “family friendly.” When I told him he reminded me of an older version of Zach Galifianakis, he couldn’t take that as a compliment, arguing that Galifianakis occasionally uses profanity on stage.

While the activist in me admires his desire to make the world a better place by eliminating profanity, I can’t help but wonder why he cares so much about what other people are doing. Yes, it’s nice to care about what’s happening in the world around us and to wish that other people would do what we consider to be better things. But ultimately we cannot control what other people choose to do. And if we keep trying to control other people and getting upset when they don’t do what we want them to do then we end up out of control over our own lives. Our lives need attention. We can’t give our own lives the attention and care they deserve while we’re busily meddling into the lives of others.

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Are 21 Pilots Stressed Out? Song Analysis – Part 1

Recently, I came across a blogger (Clifford Stumme) who’d attempted to analyze the deep, inner meaning of… well, not the meaning of life, nor why we’re all here exactly, nor was he exploring the origins of the earth and human life as we know it. Nope, he wrote about the meaning (as he saw it) of 21 Pilots’ song “Stressed Out.”

It is a song about “the transition from childhood to adulthood” and “social pressure to work and earn an income,” he wrote. Oh, what the heck. Here’s the link to his blog:  http://cliffordstumme.com/2015/04/28/what-does-stressed-out-by-twenty-one-pilots-mean/

Stumme’s interpretation of the 21 Pilots song is off the mark, I believe, so I’ve decided to write my own little ol’ blog entry. I’m a songwriter myself, after all, and I’m aware that songs will be interpreted by every listener every which way. So my interpretation (like Stumme’s interpretation) is not necessarily “accurate.” A song’s meaning (whether we songwriters like it or not) becomes whatever the listener wants it to be.

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