We got heaps and heaps of what we sow

I am an avid news junkie. I listen to talk radio (less so now that I am working from home thanks to a pandemic-a sentence I thought I never thought I’d say/write). But anyways, I read news articles and headlines from sun up to sun down, every day. I scan headlines.  And gradually, not suddenly, but definitely accelerating in the last couple of years, the news has become terribly politicized. And please, just stop. Don’t blame one party or the other. I realize this will sound pedantic but it doesn’t mean it isn’t true: if you think rationally and apply logic and not emotions to the news you’ll notice that all of the news has become politicized, not just one particular genre or “side of the spectrum.”

There’s more there but that isn’t the point. Just wanted to share a song that I enjoy and seems especially relevant these days.  “Good people” by Jack Johnson. Setting aside the doctrine of total depravity for a minute consider these words:

Well you win, it’s your show now
So what’s it gonna be
‘Cause people will tune in
How many train wrecks do we need to see
Before we lose touch of
We thought this was low
It’s bad getting worse so
Where did all the good people go,
I’ve been changing channels
I don’t see them
On the TV shows
Where did all the good people go,
We got heaps and heaps of what we sow
They got this and that
With a rattle of tat
Testing, one two
Man what you gonna do
Bad news, misused
Got too much to lose
Gimme some truth
Now whose side are we on
Whatever you say, turn on the boob tube
I’m in the mood to obey
So lead me astray, and by the way now
Where did all the good people go,
I’ve been changing channels I don’t see them
On the TV shows
Where did all the good people go,
We got heaps and heaps of what we sow
Sitting around feeling far away
So far away but I can feel the debris
Can you feel it
You interrupt me from a friendly conversation
To tell me how great it’s all gonna be
You might notice some hesitation
It’s important to you it’s not important to me
But way down by the edge or your reason
Well it’s beginning to show
And all I really want to know is
Where did all the good people go,
I’ve been changing channels
I don’t see them on the T.V. shows
Where did all the good people go,
We got heaps and heaps of what we sow
They got this and that
With a rattle of tat
Test down, one two
Man what you gonna do
Bad news, missed use
Gimme some truth
You got too much to lose
Now whose side are we on
But anyway, okay, whatever you say,
Wrong or resolute, I’m in the mood to obey
Station through station
Desensitizing the nation
That was published 15 years ago. A useful reminder of this biblical truth: even an ass** can be prophetic.
**I in no way shape or form intend to imply that Jack Johnson is such a person. It is a joke.**

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