Axver (axver) wrote,
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You want to know something? Life's actually good.

I'm watching the news, and it's all death: the Pope, Terri Schiavo, nine Australian military personnel, a local driver, just to name a few, along with untold thousands in Congo and Darfur. I, for one, am beginning to tire of the sorrow and death.

You know, I actually like life. I have some of the most amazing friends. I don't really have all that many and I probably don't deserve those I do have, but they are the most wonderfully generous, kind, intelligent, and fun people I could have ever met. I've a mother I love and a father who's making mistakes but has the best of intentions. I've purplicious. I may have a faith that isn't always doing so well, but I firmly believe in an inspiring, comforting, loving, and good God and in the resurrection. I've seen the monumental good that can be done when people unite, and I've seen that when people co-operate, the most amazing achievements can occur.

We're blessed with music, and while I don't know a thing about the technical side of it, I certainly believe I listen to some of the very best music that has ever been made because of what it stands for, what it means, what it expresses, and what it inspires inside me. All of us who are U2 fans, our lives have been enriched by their music, and the entire world is a better place for people like Bono, someone who not only cares about the less fortunate, but is actually in a position to do something about it. The world is also a much better place for the broad imaginations of countless thousands who have taken pen to paper and written literature on so many topics that you just can't keep up. The flow of ideas, the mountains of creative thought, and the deluge of thought-provoking concepts and messages are a real blessing to not just individual brains but the whole human race. There's nothing like seeing constructive ideas explored and nothing like a captivated imagination thriving on those ideas.

Look outside. I absolutely love nature and scenery. I may not be able to see it all too well, but what I can see is awe-inspiring. I particularly miss the scenery of New Zealand. We really do live in a world of amazing natural wonders, and maybe it doesn't for anyone else, but something as simple as watching a sunrise is enough to keep me believing in God and the worth of life. It's something as simple as that, that can demonstrate not only the beauty of the world, but its marvellous intricacy and the delicate balance that sustains the life that allows us to enjoy it.

Really, life is an amazing thing, beautiful in its complexity and often nourished by beautiful simplicity. The complexities of language are fascinating, and serve to facilitate the expression of emotions - just a few simple words or a couple of lines of a song can reach inside and touch us deep within our souls. Words carry an immense power, and when they are used wisely, you really can see their ability to do good and bring brightness into life. And let's face it, life should be bright. In amongst all that is wrong in the world, there is so much to bring happiness, joy, excitement, pleasure, and the reward of a smile.

Maybe you didn't expect me to say this, but I've three words: I love life.

I want to run, I want to hide
I want to tear down the walls that hold me inside
I want to reach out and touch the flame
Where the streets have no name


Maybe you didn't expect me to quote a non-U2 song either, but I'm listening to this now and it's bringing me a smile. Thanks, Crowded House.

Don't Dream It's Over
By Crowded House


There is freedom within, there is freedom without
Try to catch the deluge in a paper cup
There's a battle ahead, many battles are lost
But you'll never see the end of the road while you're travelling with me

Hey now, hey now
Don't dream it's over
Hey now, hey now
When the world comes in and they come
They come to build a wall between us
You know they won't win

Now I'm towing my car, there's a hole in the roof
My possessions are causing me suspicion but there's no proof
In the paper today, tales of war and of waste
But you turn right over to the TV page

Hey now, hey now
Don't dream it's over
Hey now, hey now
When the world comes in and they come
They come to build a wall between us
We know they won't win

Now I'm walking again to the beat of a drum
And I'm counting the steps to the door of your heart
Only shadows appear, barely clearing the roof
Get to know the feeling of liberation and relief

Hey now, hey now
Don't dream it's over
Hey now, hey now
When the world comes in and they come
They come to build a wall between us
You know they won't win

Don't let them win (hey now, hey now)
(Hey now, hey now)
Hey now, hey now
Don't let them win (hey now, hey now)
Don't let them win (hey now, hey now)
(Hey now, hey now)
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