Is it only a dream that there’ll be no more turning away

There are now eight billion of us on Spaceship Earth (and counting), and although it’s only a relatively small proportion of the total, a great many of our fellow travellers are undergoing tremendous suffering while the rest of us turn a blind eye to their plight. If only we could think beyond arbitrary geographic and archaic national boundaries, and consider all the other 8,000,000,000-1 humans as our relatives. Mitakuye Oyasin. We need more than just ‘us’ to warrant calling ourselves ‘civilized’. We need a ‘united us‘.

Pink Floyd – On The Turning Away (Remastered 2019)

On the turning away
From the pale and downtrodden
And the words they say
Which we won’t understand
Don’t accept that what’s happening
Is just a case of others suffering
Or you’ll find that you’re joining in
The turning away

It’s a sin that somehow
Light is changing to shadow
And casting its shroud
Over all we have known

Unaware how the ranks have grown
Driven on by a heart of stone
We could find that we’re all alone
In the dream of the proud

On the wings of the night
As the daytime is stirring
Where the speechless unite
In a silent accord

Using words you will find are strange
Mesmerized as they light the flame
Feel the new wind of change
On the wings of the night

No more turning away
From the weak and the weary
No more turning away
From the coldness inside

Just a world that we all must share
It’s not enough just to stand and stare
Is it only a dream that there’ll be
No more turning away

Pink Floyd, ‘On The Turning Away’

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About peNdantry

Phlyarologist (part-time) and pendant. Campaigner for action against anthropogenic global warming (AGW) and injustice in all its forms. Humanist, atheist, notoftenpist. Wannabe poet, writer and astronaut.
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2 Responses to Is it only a dream that there’ll be no more turning away

  1. maryplumbago says:

    When I was young, I thought we’d someday be like Star Trek Next Generation, but alas, it’s not meant to be…I don’t think ever…I find that very sad.
    Nobody better than Pink Floyd. They were way ahead of their times and now the youth probably doesn’t even know who they are, much less get the deep meaning of their words.


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