How Do We Sleep at Night?
by Lorne Clarke copyright 2004
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is it that we only see the world in black and white
or deliberately close our eyes
and stop our ears to the desperate cries
of the children who we blame for their own plight
tell me how do we sleep at night
how do we sleep at night
Why do we insist there's nothing we can do
Can you tell me how we can live this way
Sometimes I wonder how we sleep at night
|I was recently assailed by a coworker at the
giant paper mill where I earn my living. His anger was directed toward
me because he thinks of me as the local figure head for all things "LBERAL."
His beef was that "LIBERALS" have wrongly perpetuated the myth that
the world is in crisis. He went on to list the bogus crises... a health
care crisis - a global warming crisis - an unemployment crisis - a weapons
of mass destruction crisis - a terrorist crisis - a political corruption
/ voter fraud crisis - and on and on. He pointed out that he lived
in the same world as the rest of us and that he was facing no crisis; therefore
there could be no crisis.
I waited for his steam pressure to drop then I
asked him about Darfur, Sudan. He had no idea where or what I was
talking about. I then asked him about the Rwandan genocide.
He said that that was another problem with LIBERALS... they think that
WE (I guess he meant the world at large) have to intervene in these "civil
wars." I suggested that we - as HUMAN BEINGS - have no choice but
to step in when our brothers and sisters have lost their way -- and their
My coworker left in frustration. I hope he listens to this song and the rest of the Rwanda song cycle... perhaps he will... and perhaps he will learn that we are indeed living in crisis.