I’d Love to Change the World – Ten Years After

I think we can all agree that the world can be a pretty messed up place. Whether it’s war, discrimination, pollution, suppression, poverty, disease, or any of the other myriad of problems with the world, the human race always seems to be entangled in an issue of some sort. We always have and we probably always will, but that doesn’t mean we can’t try to make things better. Ten Years After’s “I’d Love to Change the World” describes the uncertainty that a person experiences throughout life’s trouble and the struggle to gather up the courage to change it.

Sixties and seventies rock band, Ten Years After.

“Everywhere is freaks and hairies
Dykes and fairies, tell me where is sanity

No two people are exactly alike – we are all “freaks”. Unfortunately, too many of those who are different are looked down upon, discriminated against, persecuted, and even killed for looking different or having a different set of beliefs. While these people may be different, the true freaks of nature are those who think that anyone who disagrees with them is wrong and feels the need to act violently towards their so-called opponents. These people have no “sanity” when carrying out these acts because there is no logic in thinking that everyone should be the same. By nature, we are all different – people come in all different shapes, sizes, colors, cultures, genders, etc. – and each one of them has a mind of his/her own that will operate in his/her own way. To think that one has the power to ensnare all of these different people to succumb to the will of one person is simply insane.

       

Tell me, which do you find most appalling?

“Tax the rich, feed the poor
‘Til there are no rich no more”

Money always seems to be a problem in society – no one ever has enough. Riches accumulate in the hands of the few, leaving others behind in poverty. Resources are unevenly distributed across the globe, so while some prosper there will be others suffering. While there are definitely some who are better off in society who are making wonderful efforts to make the world a better place, it hardly ever seems to be enough. Even if one problem is resolved, there will always be a new one to arise and bring the human race more troubles. Sometimes, we even think we are solving a problem but really we are only making it worse. It can be something as little as smudging a stain on your shirt when you try to wipe it off to plowing down a plot of land to start a farm and destroying numerous ecosystems in the process.

“I’d love to change the world
But I don’t know what to do
So I’ll leave it up to you”

The song’s chorus describes something that everyone feels: hopelessness. Every once in a while, everyone wonders why the world seems to be such a cruel and unfair place. Most of us are so lost, however, that we feel that there is nothing we can do to fix the problem.  In times of need, many people feel that they don’t have the power to change anything – like watching a car crash.  Most people don’t try to help because it is simply easier to put up with our problems and hope that someone else will come to resolve the issue for us. What most people don’t realize, however, is that even when a situation seems hopeless, making an effort to help can make all the difference.

Even if you can’t stop the car crash, it is still possible to take action and save the victim.

“Population keeps on breeding
Nation bleeding, still more feeding economy

As we wait, the world’s problems just continue to amass. Without interference, mankind just tumbles deeper into the dark pit of political, societal, and economic problems. Much like procrastinating on a project only leads to more stress in the end, standing by and watching the spark ignite when you could have easily smothered the flame will only cause the world to burn in the end.

People get lost in their sorrows and choose to dwell on them rather than fix the problem, hoping that someone else is up to the task and will fix it for them. Teenagers especially feel that their opinions have no worth and that they have no power to change the world – they can’t be taken seriously because they are “immature”, they can’t vote, and they can’t change the minds of the adults who rule the world. While 18 for now is still the age requirement for a person to vote (here in America at least), there are other ways to bring change about the world, to get a message out, and to make a difference. If everyone had the mindset that their voice and opinion was worth nothing, then nothing would never change for the better. Someone has to gather the courage to stand up in order for a revolution to start.

Anyone can make a difference, whether a woman on a bus, a girl who wants to go to school, or an unidentified man armed with nothing but a bag and a hat. Rather than dwell on the woes of the world, why not take action to eliminate them?

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