The bozos on the bus are not listening

FI-EditorialTo the Editor

I recently saw John Mayer pay tribute to Beatles wearing an old, upside down “international distress 60’s American flag jacket with upside down peace sign.”

The Beatles’ wonderful messages of hope are remembered 50 years later, but will their words and the movement they helped start be heard or remembered? Past songs were written when JFK’s Camelot ideals were still warm. I cry that was then and wonder what is now?

Songs then written were about people struggling to find purpose, with The Beatles’ The Fool on the Hill trying to show the way. And now when there should be many “fools on the hill” there are just bozos. I see clearly now that we are all bozos on this bus.

The 70’s Fireside Theater quote that we are all bozos on this bus is so true today for us all. I see nothing but disaster ahead, for we all just race along for self, with acceleration provided by high tech in our condensed society. When children do not learn details on events big and small, they do not see the human involvement.

Human involvement and the human condition have deteriorated so much since Ed Sullivan and The Beatles. People see nothing wrong with making promises with no attention of keeping their word. Many in today’s society believe in overlooking what’s right to only focus on success. They believe any actions are justified for results that are important to success and winning in every part of today’s society. People see the goal of success, as most important.

All our role models feel this way and I see it as the start of a possible death spiral. Role models now believe that goal matters over the route to achievement.

That wasn’t so 50 years ago when The Beatles sang of the “fool on the hill.” Today’s politicians, celebrities and the media hold their positions with little positive content or action. We are all at fault because we can make life so much better by just being more positively creative in our actions and hearing the fool on the hill.

 

Jim C. Reilly
Greenwich

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