Let It Be
A restaurant that removed your favorite item from the menu, a bad cover of a great song… Write a post about something that should’ve been left untouched, but wasn’t. Why was the original better?
I am sitting here barefooted in my scruffy jeans and my even scruffier t-shirt, in a unit that I alone own and occupy. My computer is set up on the dining table (which hasn’t seen dining in years), and a couple of pings ago, I got instant photos of my grandchildren now in LA. If my mother popped in for a quick visit, she’d recognise the location, some of the furniture, and possibly me, but she was born in 1905 and died 47 years ago. The way I live would blow her mind. Some of it she’d like, some she wouldn’t, and that’s the way it’s always been and always will be. Change is inevitable. Some is good, some isn’t.
There’s a lot I don’t like about modern society, but while I think rap is rubbish and remaking Sabrina was an insult to Bogart and Hepburn, I can live with those things without too much trouble. The young will always want to change the world. It’s their job.
What bothers me, though, is that greed and self-interest have replaced idealism as the motivation for change, and if idealism does pop up, it’s either bought out, or invaded by violence. I can’t – and won’t – accept that, but I do have to accept my inability to change it. The best I can do is try ensure that in my microcosmic corner of the world, ‘ethics’, ‘standards’, ‘honesty’ and ‘compassion’ don’t become dirty words.