Just Give Me a Reason by P!nk
Reduce, Re-use, Recycle – is the mantra of the modern age. And if we are to ever stop the polar ice caps melting (or get them to melt less quickly) we need to learn to use all three parts of the mantra.
We are beginning to learn to recycle but that is still processing waste and I think the message about reducing – living simply so that others may simply live – is getting through as well. Certainly any ‘in your face’ opulence by the rich and famous will be given the hair dryer treatment by the tabloid press.
It’s the ‘Re-use’ part of this Trinity of Care for Creation that we seem to miss out on. Since the discovery of plastic materials we have lived in a throw away society which see things as disposable rather than repairable.
P!nk, in her song ‘Just Give Me a Reason’ applies this failing to our personal relationships and not only our possessions. We have become so used to life as consumers that we can be tempted to treat each other as disposable objects. Things get a little ‘bent’ and we think that’s it and trade our relationships for new shiny ones that tarnish just as quickly as we rush to meet our own needs above the care of others.
Yes, if you are in a relationship that is abusive and violence get out of it – there are plenty of good people around who will give you help. But if things can be fixed learn to stick with it, sometimes the best parts of any relationship (or society) are the hard times you survive together. How often do you hear people long for the depth of community spirit that was the fruit of ‘Blitz Britain’ during the Second World War?
If we treat people as objects, things that can be used and then thrown away, we will end up with an empty plastic society. We are not broken, just bent. We, You and I and the whole world ‘can learn to love again’.
FXR Pop Pulpit – Broadcast 22 January 2016
© Andrew Dotchin 2016
Just Give Me A Reason” (feat. Nate Ruess)
Right from the start
You were a thief
You stole my heart
And I your willing victim
I let you see the parts of me
That weren’t all that pretty
And with every touch you fixed them
Now you’ve been talking in your sleep, oh, oh
Things you never say to me, oh, oh
Tell me that you’ve had enough
Of our love, our love
Just give me a reason
Just a little bit’s enough
Just a second we’re not broken just bent
And we can learn to love again It’s in the stars
It’s been written in the scars on our hearts
We’re not broken just bent
And we can learn to love again
I’m sorry I don’t understand
Where all of this is coming from
I thought that we were fine
(Oh, we had everything)
Your head is running wild again
My dear we still have everythin’
And it’s all in your mind
(Yeah, but this is happenin’)
You’ve been havin’ real bad dreams, oh, oh
You used to lie so close to me, oh, oh
There’s nothing more than empty sheets
Between our love, our love
Oh, our love, our love
Just give me a reason…..
Oh, tear ducts and rust
I’ll fix it for us
We’re collecting dust
But our love’s enough
You’re holding it in
You’re pouring a drink
No nothing is as bad as it seems
We’ll come clean
Just give me a reason…..
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Thanks, Andrew! A brilliant, focused, practical, encouraging and emotional post. I think, if I lived closer to you, we could be buddies!