Sly, you’re one cool cat…

EVERYDAY PEOPLE

Sometimes I'm right and I can be wrong

My own beliefs are in my song

The butcher, the banker, the drummer and then

Makes no difference what group I'm in

 

I am everyday people, yeah yeah

 

There is a blue one who can't accept the green one

For living with a fat one trying to be a skinny one

And different strokes for different folks

And so on and so on and scooby dooby doo

 

Oh sha sha we got to live together

 

I am no better and neither are you

We are the same whatever we do

You love me you hate me you know me and then

You can't figure out the bag I'm in

 

I am everyday people, yeah yeah

 

There is a long hair that doesn't like the short hair

For bein' such a rich one that will not help the poor one

And different strokes for different folks

And so on and so on and scooby dooby doo

 

Oh sha sha we got to live together

 

There is a yellow one that won't accept the black one

That won't accept the red one that won't accept the white one

And different strokes for different folks

And so on and so on and scooby dooby doo

 

I am everyday people

 

THE SLY STORY

In the late 60’s, Sly and the Family Stone released their single "Everyday People", which became their first #1 hit. "Everyday People" was a protest against prejudice of all kinds, and popularized the catchphrase "Different Strokes For Different Folks”. The global history influencing, and surrounding this song’s release, will not be surprising to some, but will be informative to many. The turmoil of the 60’s brought us, the death of Dr. Martin Luther King, the assassination of President John F Kennedy, the escalation and halt of the Vietnam war, and the awakening of the counterculture movement. There was much to write about during this decade, and these were just some of the important headlines of this time.

 

So now in 2015, (and this decade), what will we leave our beneficiaries to read?

 

My guess is that terrorist headlines will be front and centre in our SEO searches, followed closely by sub headings containing the words “mass exodus,” “deadly racist attacks,” and the always present “war and religion.”

All of this neatly edited together, with misleading media reels that tend to influence network biases onto the public.

I don’t think I need to expand on this further, you get the picture. Unfortunately, there will always be some bad (people) in our world, and I in no way condone their choices or accept radical ideology or brutality. But, I am consciously making a choice to focus on the good, the good in people. I have to believe in this; humanity relies on it!

I will ask you to read Sly’s lyrics one more time, close your eye’s, pause, and make a wish.  A wish for peace, for unconditional acceptance of one another, and for the true meaning of humanity to be shared, by everyday people.

Have a listen to Every Day People, by Sly and The Family Stone

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3JvkaUvB-ec

 

Accept Me

Kim

 

 When the universe screams at us, we gotta listen.

 

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