I recently heard two song from the Pink Floyd album “The Final Cut”. The exposure reminded me that this album is a REALLY powerful set of music. The two songs that come to especially come to mind are “Two Suns in the Sunset” and “The Fletcher Memorial Home”. The later, “The Fletcher Memorial Home”, has outdated references, but it still has some incredible imagery. Here are some lines to from the lyrics:
take all your overgrown infants away somewhere
and build them a home a little place of their own
the fletcher memorial
home for incurable tyrants and kings
did they expect us to treat them with any respect
they can polish their medals and sharpen their
smiles, and amuse themselves playing games for a while
boom boom, bang bang, lie down you're dead
Lock up the dangerous leaders! The is the message, but I feel a little conflicted about the outcome. Would this really work, or would we even want it?
Recently The Onion had an article with the title “Humanity Surprised It Still Hasn’t Figured Out Better Alternative To Letting Power-Hungry Assholes Decide Everything” (http://www.theonion.com/articles/humanity-surprised-it-still-hasnt-figured-out-bett,36361/). This may be a farcical article, but I also strongly suspect that it has a strong streak of truth. Can we, the common people, manage without our power-hungry leaders deciding everything? Sadly I doubt this.
Would we really want to not have strong leaders? Is the Onion dead-on when they muse “When pressed for further comment, however, every member of humanity agreed that the current system, though deeply flawed, remains far better than one in which they actually have to make decisions for themselves. ”? I wonder!