Today’s “word prompt” took me back in time to 1963 when Bob Dylan released “Blowin’ in the Wind.”
It is amazing how some of the lyrics fit right in with today’s world.
For instance, let’s look at lines one and two:
How many roads must a man walk down
Before you call him a man
When does a man become a man? When we graduate high school? College? When we marry? So many questions – who do we look to for answers?
And then there are lines thirteen and fourteen:
Yes and how many times can a man turn his head
And pretend that he just doesn’t see
With all that is going on in the world today, are we truly looking at what is happening, or are we merely looking past the facade of others and accepting life as it is and not for what it truly is and can be?
Lines seventeen and eighteen also reveal that sometimes we must just look beyond our nose:
Yes and how many times must a man look up
Before he can see the sky
Looking closer at what is right in front of us may reveal something more beautiful than what we first thought we seen.
And then there were lines nineteen and twenty
Yes, and how many ears must one man have
Before he can hear people cry
Do we truly stop and listen to what others are trying to say to us or are we too wrapped up in our own little world.
Finally, lines 21 and 22 sort of brings everything full circle:
Yes, and how many deaths will it take ‘til he knows
That too many people have died
In conclusion, allow me to end this article with a quote by Roger Bannister who said: “The man who can drive himself further once the effort gets painful is the man who will win.”
We need to open our eyes, listen with our ears, forge forward and make every effort towards making the world a better place. It is time!