“Said Hey little boy you can’t go where the others go
cause you don’t look like they do”
“Standing in line, making time waiting on the welfare dime’
Cause they can’t buy a job
The man in the silk suit hurries by
as he catches the poor old ladies eyes
just for fun he says, get a job”
“That’s just the way it is
Some things never change”
That is from Bruce Hornsby’s “That’s the Way it is”.
This is an old favorite of mine I haven’t heard for a while.
“That’s just the way it is” “Some things never change”
Last week I wrote about our disengagement from daily life, allowing others to determine our future.
Worse than that, is our laziness in accepting things as they are and not standing up for what we know is right.
“That is just the way it is.” We know it’s not right but we don’t want to stand up and say no. It’s just the way it is allows us to blame someone else. Whether its equal treatment of others different from us, poverty, abuse or any of the other injustices our society accepts, we find it easier to say that’s the way it is. We absolve ourselves from not making an effort to stand up for what we know is right.
This is worse than those who condone the injustice. At least they are honest. Excusing injustice by accepting it as the way things are does nothing to right the injustice and is dishonest. It is a result of laziness, apathy and selfishness. If it doesn’t impact you, it’s okay.
We argue that we are ONE person and we can’t change anything. All change starts with one person. Nelson Mandela, Gandhi, Rosa Parks, Dr. King, Abraham Lincoln. They all gave a voice to injustice. They didn’t accept things as the way they are. They set themselves up for persecution, standing up for what they knew was right.
It is a matter of personal character. What are you willing to accept? What are you willing to make excuses and not accept responsibility for. It is a reflection of your character.
Next time you experience an injustice, what are you going to do?