This morning I re-read Opher’s musings on Simon and Garfunkle’s song “The Boxer” and it made me all teary. Though he wrote it clear back on July 19, 2016, it seems to hold so much more meaning for reflection for me today as I consider what’s happening around me. How about you?
‘I have squandered my resistance
For a pocketful of mumbles
Such are promises
All lies and jest
Still, a man hears what he wants to hear
And disregards the rest’
There are times when a song conveys a truth to me that nothing else does. The words of this song do that for me. Paul Simon hits the spot. His lyrics are poetry.
I think we all hear what we want to hear and disregard the rest. We live in a bubble that reflects our own attitudes back at us. We select the things we listen to and watch. We put our slant on all we see and hear. We listen to the arguments that reinforce the views we hold. We buy in to the lies we are told and still naively believe the promises.
‘Now the years are rolling by me
They are rocking evenly
And I am older…
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