Friday, June 17, 2011
June 17, 2011: On the Other Hand
Too tired for much of a post today, but to follow up yesterday’s post, this amazing story does make clear just how powerful and world-changing of a force love can be:
Bruce Springsteen ends “Worlds Apart,” a song from the post-9/11 album The Rising (2002) about the relationship between an American (or at least non-Arabic) woman and an Arabic (probably Afghani) man, by repeating the line “Let’s let love give what it gives.” That’s in direct response to an earlier section that’s at the heart of the song’s message: “Sometimes the truth just ain’t enough / Or it’s too much in times like this / Let’s throw the truth away we’ll find it in this kiss.” I’m obviously a big advocate of the truth, especially when it comes to complex historical moments and realities like the Civil Rights movement or 9/11. But when it comes to human identities and relationships, to who we are as people and how we connect to one another? Truth without love is a pretty sad thought.
More this weekend,
PS. Two more links to start with:
1) “Worlds Apart”: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sT4Iw8oEKR8
2) OPEN: What’s love got to do, got to do with it?