Virtual Insanity

I was listening to a 1990’s alternative rock station yesterday, and one of my favorite songs came on… “Virtual Insanity” by Jamiroquai. If you’re not familiar with it, it’s a really cool upbeat song about serious topics, which I guess is the best way to address some topics, but I was struck by how the lyrics still hold up today, and are in fact getting more meaningful with age. Here’s some of the lines…

“…nothing’s going to change the way we live ‘cos we can always take but never give.”

“Always seem to be governed by this love we have for useless, twisting, our new technology Oh now there is no sound for we all live underground.”

“If I could slip the sickly ties that earthly man has made, And now every mother can choose the color of her child, that’s not nature’s way”

“There’s nothing left to do but pray.”

Holy Moly! A song that came out in 1996 is still spot on with stuff we’re dealing with in 2021. “We can always take but never give.” Stories of self absorbed, egomaniacs are everywhere. “Useless, twisting our new technology.” There’s always a new gadget coming out to speed up our lives and keep us glued to a screen (and yes, I realize the irony that I’m complaining about something that I am utilizing!). “That’s not nature’s way.” How many dozens and dozens of things are we complacent about that are wreaking havoc on nature every day? And finally “there’s nothing left to do but pray.” Depending on the day, I hope this one is right or wrong. Part of me wants this ship of ours to sink and the faithful can go ahead and ride home with Jesus, and then some days I’m optimistic that we can save ourselves with enlightened thought and enlightened, determined leaders. I guess it could go either way, for that is most definitely nature’s way. Thank you for reading my 76th blog.

Mark Inglis

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