A friend is going to the Nashville symphony tonight to hear Burt Bacharach-inspired songs, and when she told us, a coworker burst into song:
What the world needs now is love, sweet love
It’s the only thing that there’s just too little of
What the world needs now is love, sweet love,
No not just for some but for everyone.
So, the song is stuck in my head. And if you’re old enough, it’s probably stuck in your head now, too. Sorry. Not intended. 🙂
Of course, the message is still relevant 50 years later, but I’m not sure that love is the only thing that there’s just too little of. I argue that, in 2016, there is too little connection. There is too little respect. There is too little kindness. There is too little patience. And there’s a whole bunch that there’s just too much of.
Maybe if we had enough love, we would have enough of all those other things, but it’s turned into a crazier world since 1965. Life was slower then. Life was more about community. But, then again, even in that day, anywhere there are people, you will find a need for more love. It’s the instinctive nature of the beast to be self-centered.
Fast forward fifty years: Add the awesome technology today, and you get selfies, and selfishness. You get eyes buried in a phone. You get ears tuned out to those around us, and tuned in to whatever catches our fancy at the moment. You get the need for connection, no not just for some, but for everyone.
DAY 146 HOMEWORK: If you don’t know the song, google it. It’s a good one to listen to. If you do know it, put into practice what you’re going to be humming for the next few hours.