Monday, October 23, 2017

Bob Marley – War / No More Trouble

This Beat Is Mine! (*) Bob Marley & The Wailers – War / No More Trouble (Live) (Island)

Like it or not, in the great majority of cases, you’ll just be getting what you give. And despite this reality, not to mention the countless reminders of our elders, we keep on behaving the same. And, as a direct consequence, reaping what we sowed. “War / No more trouble…”, used to sing Bob Marley along with The Wailers. Ironically, there was nothing new at his time. No more than it would be nowadays, lookin’ as to how some of our leaders keep on reacting.

So ironical when referring to the words of the Bible… “Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap.” (Epistle of St. Paul to the Galatians, ch.6, verse 7). But we keep on and on, reproducing the same mistakes out of which we’re getting the same results from a generation to another. With the words of Bob Marley‘s ‘War / No More Trouble’ resonating as another reminder. “And until there’re no longer first class and second class citizens of any nation. Until the colour of a man’s skin is of no more significance than the colours of his eyes, I’ve got to say war.”

Meanwhile, I could keep on with the ones of our own Fela Kuti on ‘Roforofo Fight’. Or the ones of Gil Scott-Heron on the memorable ‘Gun’… “Brother Man says he’s ‘fraid of gangsters. Messing with people just for fun, he don’t want to be next. He got a family to protect. So just last week he bought himself a gun. Everybody got a pistol, everybody got a .45. And the philosophy seem to be, at least as near as I can see. When other folks give up theirs, I’ll give up mine…”

These men just spoke good sense. But none of the majority of our political leaders seems to be hearin’ them. No more that us at the end who keep on voting for them. Therefore, getting what we give.

No more trouble… That’s just all we want. Don’t we? With warm thanks for sharing the fruit of my thoughts in regards to the trouble times we keep on livin’ in…

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