It soothes the savage breast

In 1966 Paul Simon and Art Garfunkel released “Silent Night” which they sang to the background of the seven o’clock news. It was a striking combination. If you listen to the track today (it is on their album “Parsley, Sage Rosemary and Thyme”) you will be saddened to see that the substance of the news has not changed since 1966, only the details.

Listening to the news usually provides us with feelings of despair; how can humans be so vicious, so unkind and so greedy? It is easy to despair of humanity and that despair leads to sadness and depression, which as an illness seems to be affecting more and more people.

We could think of our joys or the people and things that give us hope, but the wickedness and evil still remains.

Music, which has charms to soothe a savage breast, soften rocks or bend an knotted oak can show us that humanity, which can create great music, cannot be overwhelming evil, and that we maintain our hope through the greatness of mankind while being aware of the faults and problems that we create. Try http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mgHxmAsINDk

 

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