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Spring’s Hope Eternal

24 Mar

“If a man loses pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured, or far away.”                                     -Thoreau

History tells us that long term changes in social attitudes among human populations mostly involve a slow and arduous process involving argument, discussion, political upheaval and quite often intense strife and even war.

It usually begins somewhere and at some place in time with an outspoken individual or group who, whether inadvertently or by design, lead the world in a new and different direction.

And while we all have a voice and whether or not we perform in solo or in grand chorus, the trick it seems is to not be so loud, nor strike the proper chord, as it is to be singing the proper song…and then of course, to be able to recognize harmony when we hear it.

We’ve sung the songs of Monarchy, intolerance, slavery, racism, nuclear proliferation and at other times we’ve sung the songs of rebellion, freedom, democracy and peace.

Many tunes sound melodic and can get your toes a-tappin’ and a crowd to sing along, but how do we know when and if it’s the proper song to sing ?

And what about that drumbeat we hear? Should we march…or sit, and wait to serve another? Or beat our own drum and serve ourselves?

Hopefully someday, no matter the beat or  step, we’ll all head in the same direction and sing to a tune that can and will include all of our voices.

15 Responses to “Spring’s Hope Eternal”

  1. francisguenette March 24, 2013 at 4:32 pm #

    Wonderfully well said! We can only hope.

  2. 1tric March 24, 2013 at 8:40 pm #

    Yes, but this moving of the masses to a common voice brought the “poem” First they came for the communists, to my mind. A gathering of common thought is not always for the greater good. i have re read it and tried to think of it as a more idealistic post!

  3. Val March 25, 2013 at 2:17 am #

    And my liitle theologian historian brain started poking at various statements and ultimately decided the best place to start to point would be the beginning chapters of C.S. Lewis’ Mere Christianity whereby Lewis parses out that, irrespective to reason, we seem to be hard-wired as moral creatures. I’ve no particular wish to do it here, but I have often argued that there really can be no such thing as truly relative morality (mostly argued in the framework of individuals who wish to strip the Bible as the defining moral rule underpinning laws in the United States, that, okay, fine, but they can’t have it both ways and pick and choose…or that if they wish to toss it altogether, what other code will they replace it with?). Everyone has lines they won’t cross. And I’m not sure lock-step agreement is always the best for peace, for much tyranny has its roots in such apparent unity.

  4. lifeofimpact March 25, 2013 at 3:56 am #

    Thoughtful, and more optimistic than I am this week lol

    • brucethomasw March 25, 2013 at 4:15 am #

      Beautifully put. Marching to different drummers, maybe out of step, but together, none the less.

      • fnfkathy March 26, 2013 at 1:24 am #

        I await the day this happens…love Thoreau as well…:)

  5. Adrian Krucker September 28, 2014 at 9:37 pm #

    Nice! I read once: ‘There’s only one race – human race’ … Hopefully in near future this way of thinking will be just normal and conflicts would be resolved with mutual respect and tolerance. (I know… sounds like utopia, but we should dream and work towards that. Even if ones contribution is limited, it forms a big push with all other that contribute a little…)

  6. vlandaman November 2, 2014 at 7:36 pm #

    Hey! You have very beautiful blog! I will be glad to watch your posts!)

  7. Opher January 16, 2015 at 3:11 pm #

    Reblogged this on Opher's World and commented:
    I like the optimism in this!

  8. desperateramblings March 11, 2015 at 9:13 am #

    Beautifully written Your words filled my head with many thoughts & imagery. I too hope one day the world will learn to become as one melodically but somehow I don’t think it will be in my lifetime. We can but hope.

  9. rachbat20 March 30, 2015 at 1:34 pm #

    Thank you for stopping to read my post. hope to see you more often

  10. Paul Okonji Blog April 5, 2015 at 2:02 am #

    Reblogged this on PaulOkonji Blog.

  11. Carolyn Thompson April 18, 2015 at 3:12 pm #

    A quote I survived my teen age years with!! thank you for your inspiration!

  12. lightravellerkate May 1, 2015 at 4:25 am #

    Yes, lets hope we can all be true to ourselves, while allowing others the same right. Its clear we are at a critical stage of evolution. Very well expressed, and thanks for liking my post

  13. ranu802 July 8, 2015 at 2:06 pm #

    Wonderful, I like it a lot.

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