by Unknown | 11/09/2008 05:00:00 AM
"It's not that we don't care, we just know that the fight ain't fair. So we keep on waiting, waiting on the world to change" -- John Mayer

"Change will not come if we wait for some other person, or if we wait for some other time. We are the ones we've been waiting for. We are the change that we seek." -- Barack Obama




Blogger Ross Levin on 11/09/2008 1:25 PM:

I've always hated that song. It's basically telling everyone, and especially young people, "It's okay to be apathetic and self absorbed. Just wait for someone else to do the work for you."


Blogger Unknown on 11/09/2008 8:41 PM:

Something ate the comments on this blog, and I would like to know what it is.


Blogger Ross Levin on 11/09/2008 9:08 PM:

The cat on the post below this.


Blogger Unknown on 11/10/2008 12:52 AM:

Either that, or the "recent comments" code, which I've now removed temporarily.


Blogger Ahistoricality on 11/10/2008 3:17 PM:

I hadn't run across it before. My immediate reaction is similar to Ross's but some of the lyrics (I've only listened once) suggest to me something more like Max Planck's dictum: "A new scientific truth does not triumph by convincing its opponents, but rather because its opponents die, and a new generation grows up that is familiar with it."

There is a generational rhythm to change, the slow social shifts that result from millions of people living their own lives according to their own values rather than revolutionary or movement pressures. It's not passive, but it's quiet.


Blogger Unknown on 11/10/2008 5:45 PM:

The interesting thing is that Obama is of Mayer's generation, though he's a bit older. So either Obama's redeeming his generation, or he's leading a new generation to one-up GenX (that is, his college-age and GenY supporters).