An Analysis on Todays Culture - Perspective of a Millenial
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An Analysis on Todays Culture - Perspective of a Millenial published by The 1st Amender
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As a Libertarian I find myself constantly pondering about various issues regarding political policy. While we spend our time considering what is the next Donald Trump tweet and how offensive he is, we have verified evidence that the United States foreign policy kill millions of people overseas on a constant basis.
This greatly troubles me to the point it makes me sick to my stomach. I want to reel and heave listening to people's concerns talking about the next Hillary Clinton email debacle. There was an old song that speaks about this exactly and it was by a counter-culture movement in the 60's.
I write to you now in reference to the Simon and Garfunkel track "Sounds of Silence." While I would imagine anybody born in the 60's know exactly what this song is all about, to millenials it may not be as common. I want to point out the atrocities that currently occur, yet was a lesson told a long time ago by people no older than the current millenials today when the song was written.
Here is the song on youtube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4fWyzwo1xg0 CLICK THIS AND READ ALONG TO THE LYRICS, THEN PAUSE FOR EXPLANATIONS
Here are the lyrics provided by https://www.azlyrics.com/lyrics/simongarfunkel/thesoundofsilence.html - Thank you aslyrics! I want to break down what is said as suddenly the meaning becomes quite relevant and powerful in todays culture:
Hello darkness, my old friend
I've come to talk with you again
Because a vision softly creeping
Left its seeds while I was sleeping
And the vision that was planted in my brain
Within the sound of silence
This passage speaks as darkness representing overall ignorance. Almost like people cannot see.
In restless dreams I walked alone
Narrow streets of cobblestone
‘Neath the halo of a streetlamp
I turned my collar to the cold and damp
When my eyes were stabbed by the flash of a neon light
That split the night
And touched the sound of silence
The neon light is a representation of pop-culture and pop icons which becomes more defined in the final verse.
And in the naked light I saw
Ten thousand people, maybe more
People talking without speaking
People hearing without listening
People writing songs that voices never share
No one dare
Disturb the sound of silence
This verse is extremely powerful. It is said that people in the 60's were afraid to speak. Afraid to yell out at atrocity. People who talk and say nothing of substance. Almost as if people are afraid to break the 'sound of silence'. Sounds very similar to today's culture where people are often controlling themselves to discuss topics uncomfortable to speak about.
“Fools” said I, “You do not know
Silence like a cancer grows
Hear my words that I might teach you
Take my arms that I might reach you”
But my words like silent raindrops fell
And echoed in the wells of silence
Even though you can speak and yell out at atrocities that occur, your voice will fall on deaf ears. As most people are not interested or prefer to keep silent. Silence like a cancer grows.
And the people bowed and prayed
To the neon god they made
And the sign flashed out its warning
In the words that it was forming
And the sign said “The words of the prophets
Are written on the subway walls
And tenement halls
And whispered in the sounds of silence”
This statement is one of the most powerful parts of the entire song. Stating that people bow and pray to the neon god they made. Speaking out about how people tend to worship to a celebrity. Concerned about whatever it is that they do, yet it becomes painfully apparent that the words of the prophets are written on the subway walls and tenement halls.
Who would write on the subway walls? Who writes on the tenement halls?
You. We. Us. We are the ones who contain the words of the wise.
But it is only through our own volition that we can elect to break the sounds of silence. Lets get more people to speak their mind. Don't be afraid... write something. Even if you're not a writer. Say something. Anything. Don't just leave and let the cancer grow.
Sources: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4fWyzwo1xg0 https://www.azlyrics.com/lyrics/simongarfunkel/thesoundofsilence.html
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