Friday, May 15, 2009

WWJ(immy)B(uffett)D?

Periodically, I get into my parrothead mood and break out my Jimmy Buffet collection. It just has a way of relaxing most situations, adjusting your attitude to the rhythm of the ocean. There is just something about his lyrical storytelling that appeals to me as well. One of my favorites...

"He went to Paris looking for answers, to questions that bothered him so..."

I can relate. Not that I have ever been to Paris, but the questions. They come to haunt when I look at my boys, my wife or when I am on a heavy coffee bender.

Why are people starving in one country, while we super size in another?
Why is it that some kids can't get the medical attention they need, neither affording it or having access?
Why do people hurt people hurt people...?
Why are there lonely people slowly wasting away in crowded neighborhoods?

These questions pull heart strings, stoking cooling embers into roaring flames. They are the things we are passionate about. They make us mad and you read about them on our blogs as we rail against injustice. Why...battered women, neglected kids, famine, disease, economic depression...why, why, why...the list goes on and on and on...

If we leave it at "why" we are left with angst and little release. We wait for someone to do something, when we only ask "why." We have to ask "how" and "what". What can I do? How can I get involved? Facing our questions, chasing our passions can be intimidating. They can seem so big, our effort so small. I guess the alternative is to do what jimmy buffet would do..."pour me something tall and strong, make it a hurricane, before I go insane" and hope it numbs the feelings our passions stir. Life seems too short, to waste it away...in Margaritaville or elsewhere.

What questions stir you heart?

Disclaimer: Jimmy, if you happen to be reading this, I mean all the positive statements at the beginning and hope you don't mind the liberties of playing off your songs later in the post.

9 comments:

My {S.T.U.F.F.} :: said...

{LUV} this post...so introspective.

My "Whys"?...the list is endless

Rinkly Rimes said...

When I was young I thought I'd know the answer to all these questions when I was old! But now I'm old and I don't!I'm an agnostic but I think the 10 Commandments might help.

Ronda Laveen said...

Loved the title:) The first thing I thought of was a news article I saw yesterday on BBC news. It was about the young boy who stared in Slum Dog Millionaire. The Indian government plowed his family's house down yesterday without any notice at all. They had to paw throught the rubble to claim any thing not destroyed. He was so distraught. They had been promised a new home for the work he did in that movie. He said that everyone thinks they got lots of money, houses and cars and they got nothing. Why? Because he belongs to the wrong caste. WWJimmy Do?

Megan said...

Well, here's Spider Robinson again...

"they had always yearned to be telepathic, and yet had suppressed most tendencies toward planetary awareness that they did develop - because the first thing any telepath notices is that most of his brothers are starving to death and there is nothing he can do about it.Argh!

Daniel said...

Too many questions. Too few answers my friend.

Lover of Life said...

This is very deep thinking and I'm glad Jimmy can bring this out of you. He's also a favorite of mine, and in my younger years a bit of a fellow searcher of sand and tequila. But that's another story.

I have the same thoughts these days about the inequities. Maybe we are waking up and seeing the world as we need to see it - as one. One race of people (human) and one planet. But I will say, people like you, putting it out there is going to help.

The Clever Pup said...

So many questions. A pertinent one right here in Toronto. Thousands of ethnic Tamils have been demonstrating here in the city (Toronto is VERY multicultural), about the treatment of Tamils in Sri Lanka. I was saying to myself, yes, but what can WE do about it here in Canada? On the other hand I yell and scream that nothing was done by England or Canada and the US in the lead up to the holocaust.

Brian, you should pay a visit to my friend's site. She was on the ground in Darfur and now she's on stress leave. She has two sites

http://unebricoleuse.blogspot.com
and http://giuliageranium.blogspot.com

Brian Miller said...

@clever pup - thanks for the links. dropped by for a quick visit. will check out more thoroughly later this week.

@lover of life - i hope it is not a rude awakening...ty

@ronda - heard the same story, sad.

Debo Hobo said...

Excellent questions...find the answers yet?