Monday, February 12, 2007

John Mayer, Be the Change You Wish to See in the World

John Mayer's song, "Waiting on the World to Change," won a Grammy Award in the category of Best Song. I am so disappointed by the academy, by the song, by the song's popularity, and by John Mayer. I quote his words below, for those of you fortunate enough not to be previously aquainted with this song. In an utterly depressing fashion, John Mayer throws up his hands at the world's problems and waits for it to change. Rather than use his popularity and fame and wealth for a message that is truly inspiring, he gluttonously feeds his own feeling of powerlessness with his pointless song. What if Ghandi had simply waited for the world to change? Where would we be if Martin had waited for the world, instead of inspiring the masses? Did Desmond Tutu wait for the world to change? Did Elizabeth Cady Stanton wait? Mayer has power, wealth, and fame. He is already far more advantaged in the pursuit of a better world than most of the people who have devoted their lives to this end. I now believe that the problem the song expresses is not powerlessness, but apathy.
Me and all my friends
We're all misunderstood
They say we stand for nothing and
There's no way we ever could
Now we see everything is going wrong
With the world and those who lead it
We just feel like we don't have the means
To rise above and beat it
So we keep waiting (waiting)
Waiting on the world to change
We keep on waiting (waiting)
Waiting on the world to change
It’s hard to beat the system
When we're standing at a distance
So we keep waiting (waiting)
Waiting on the world to change
Now if we had the power
To bring our neighbors home from war
They would have never missed a Christmas
No more ribbons on their door
When you trust your television
What you get is what you got ‘Cuz’ when they own the information ooohhh,
They can bend it all they want
Waiting on the world to change
I t's not that we don't care
We just know that the pot ain't fair
One day our generation
Is gonna rule the population

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