Bewildered by silence
Stuck by its questions and lucid ways to make us aware
I did not know how cruel that could be
That so many cases will never be solved
That so many stories will never be told
I did not know how cruel that could be

Fighting a war that rages inside
The world can´t see the hate that burns in there
How can we face what lies beneath,
If we just fear and don´t fight back?

How many questions left unanswered?
How many tears and inner strength shall we need?
How any times can we encounter this again and again?
How many things exist that blind us?
How many forms of brutal violence can we see?
How many images of pain will make us numb
So hard, so cruel, we fail to see, we fail to feel?
So afraid, even without thecourage of despair?

Fighting a war that rages inside
The world can´t see the hate that burns in there
How can we face what lies beneath,
If we just fear and don´t fight back?

Afraid of ourselves, arfaid to stand up
I did not know how cruel that could be

We failed to see, we failed to feel
Still afraid, what if you love someone?
What if this happened to your loved ones?
What would you do if you were there at that time?
What makes you act like nothing happened?
Nothing´s wrong, you´re doing fine?
What makes you think you are immune to this?
What drove us so far to the edge of tolerance?
If judging and accusing is so easy, then why
Why still?

Fighting a war that rages inside
The world can´t see the hate that burns in there
How can we face what lies beneath,
If we just fear and don´t fight back?


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    Song MeaningApathy. Passivity. The Bystander Effect. Innocent people are trampled daily in all parts of the world, even America. Everybody knows it. Everybody knows its origins. Everybody condemns it... in words. We defeat ourselves. We allow ourselves to be dominated by fear, and we know it. We know we're all equally vulnerable, but we trick ourselves into believing that our chances are good. It's a minority who face brutal realities, and we'll roll the dice. We'll put up with the invisible violence of our own exploited daily lives, at the cost of tangible violence for a random sacrificial few. The sacrifice takes more forms and more lives daily: cancers, corruption, starvation and homelessness always in walking distance of wasted food and shelter.

    As a decided anarchist for 10 years now, I'm bitterly aware. Almost anybody can articulate the basic criticisms of authority and wealth. Everybody knows the inevitability of their abuses and on a deeper level everybody understands their turn will come to sacrifice for a system which does not work for them. But when confronted with the idea of doing away of doing away with these same systems, everybody reveals their self-inflicted delusions.

    We can complain about corrupt politicians and greedy corporations all we want, but ultimately we have only ourselves to blame. We're all complicite in their machinations. I'm no different, except that I've cast off my delusions. Like so many, I'm sitting in an office enslaved to a job that has no meaning to me and or anyone else. Unlike the slavery we're taught in history books, I wear no shackles other than the fear of what hardships I subject myself and my family to by simply leaving. I know everyone around me feels the same, but we're not allowed to talk about it.

    So we continue working as if nothing's wrong, while fighting a war that rages inside. That's what this song means to me.
    SalmonGodon March 09, 2009   Link

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