Tuesday, February 07, 2006

2005, and the Billy Joel Tune

Billy Joel wrote a song called, "We Did'nt Start the Fire..."

Those that do not know, the song is both a history lesson, as well as a comment on the fact that NO generation causes specific problems, no problem is UNIQUE to history. They are all baked together. Generations are dealt a piece of history, that they must deal with, like it our not. It's HOW they deal with it, thats up to interpretation.

2005 was NOT a good year for our world. It may have been a good year for many of us on a personal level, but in terms of world history, and MACRO issues, it was a less than stellar year.

Tsunami's, Hurricanes, Earthquakes, Terror--- to name a few challenges -- but this past year overall was a tough one.

War in Iraq. A divided nation. Terror. Supreme Court nominations. Gaza. London. Madrid. Cheney. Oil. Rising Gas. Sharon. Osama. Internet. Al-Jazeera. Missle Strikes. Eavesdropping. Hillary. Bill. Democrats in dissaray. Karl Rove. Scott Peterson. Aruba. Natalee Holloway. Chavez. Drugs. Nuclear Iran. Trade Inbalance. War. War. (there are many more, that just took me about 30 seconds)

The above are issues.

Issues that need to be dealt with. One by one. Challenges that we face.

Maybe I am being pessimistic, but, I'm hoping that 2006 yields BETTER fruit, on a macro level for us all. Personally, YOU may be outperforming your life, and doing BETTER than ever.

But, re-read the list above from 2005. ONE of those issues above WILL affect/effect YOUR life in 2006. Just ONE. Pick one.

As innocent as this time is in our lives, (our national life) the riots over this cartoon, in th Arab World---should be a wake up call to us all, as to the ALARM bells going off around us.

2005 the alarm rang, and it's going off. It's shaking, "this is your wake-up call.."

Anyone going to answer it, and WAKE up in 2006?

As Billy Joel Wrote--

"We didn't start the fire
It was always burning
Since the world's been turning
We didn't start the fire
No we didn't light it
But we tried to fight it"

These words have been ringing in my ears for 48 hours, not sure why....

Anyone have a clue?

1 Comments:

Blogger pretzelgreg said...

Hey Andy

Ummm man I hate that song....David Brooks had a great piece in the Times about the "chasm" between the Islamists and the rest of us: (requires membership)

http://select.nytimes.com/2006/02/09/opinion/09brooks.html?hp

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