It’s Tuesday so that means at ilisteniwatch.com, it’s Tunesday! Every Tuesday, we will share a song with you that we love and hope you will too.
Do you recall “The Mob Song” from Disney’s animated version of Beauty and the Beast? It’s the song that follows Gaston’s rallying of the community after he convinces them, through tactical fearmongering, to arm themselves and “kill the beast”.
There’s a part in that song that cries resoundingly loud (although I could go ad nauseam about the warnings conveyed in this scene and song).
The lines go: “We don’t like what we don’t understand. In fact, it scares us.”
And it tears us.
Refer to your Facebook newsfeed for evidence.
Our symbols and icons shall continue to remain cold and detached as flimsy representations of us, and we can bundle in them in an attempt to keep warm. And we can rip pages from texts to fuel torches in order to burn the world down. And we can continue to pollute our collective consciousness with lies and hate until we die in an abominable distaste for each other.
OR we could find warmth in love, respect, and appreciation for everyone and everything that has been granted the pleasure of living.
As we turn onward, I hope we ultimately choose to hold hands and walk with compassion and with the simple acknowledgement that we are all flesh and bones—THE SAME. We make mistakes, we stumble, we get back up, we breathe, we bleed, we hurt, we love—and we all try to bargain and buy more time as we struggle to comprehend and understand what it means to live and to be alive.
Days pass, we grow dimmer still, and though we contest it, our lights will eventually burn out. The question we have to ask ourselves is this:
How do we want to shine while we’re here?