October 18, 2011
October and the trees are stripped bare
Of all they wear.
What do I care?
October and kingdoms rise
And kingdoms fall
But you go on
The words of this beautiful song by U2 (link) have been going around my mind these past few days. The wind is blowing autumn leaves across roads and fields, the air is getting cooler and we await the onset of winter.
But why does Bono say ‘what do I care?’ I’m no expert on U2 lyrics, look to Steve Stockman for that, but as I read the words they speak to me of a God who is constant and unchanging and who is steadfast through time. Our seasons come and go, countries rise and fall in importance, we are born, we live and we die but through it all God goes on and on. Perhaps in seeing and understanding this, Bono develops a sense of the eternal – and maybe the ups and downs of this life only find their true meaning in the context of eternity…
February 12, 2010
Nikon F100, Nikkor 28-105 D, Ilford HP5 plus (ISO 400) (click to enlarge)
No I wasn’t really staring at the sun, but this picture reminded me of the U2 song of that name. Apart from having the very interesting line “stuck together with God’s glue”, the chorus is fascinating too:
I’m not the only one starin’ at the sun
afraid of what you’d find if you took a look inside
not just deaf and dumb I’m staring at the sun
not the only one who’s happy to go blind.
Perhaps not one of Bono’s jolliest lyrics! In an attempt to get some insight into these words I found lots of discussion on the internet, specifically here. Some think that it’s a comment on society, how people are happy to be blind to the reality of the mess that this world is in, others think that it’s a reference to a group of hippies who whilst stoned on LSD stared at the sun until they went blind. Another theory relates to Plato’s famous cave, you know how humans are trapped in a cave staring at the light only from a fire which they think is the real light but then one of them (the philosopher) is set free, his enlightenment happens and he turns around and sees the real sun outside. Of course the light is blinding at first but then he realizes that what he is seeing is real and what he saw before were only shadows.
Perhaps even Bono doesn’t fully know what he was saying. But it does lead my thoughts further … to the gospel reading for this Sunday:
“…he climbed the mountain to pray, taking Peter, John, and James along. While he was in prayer, the appearance of his face changed and his clothes became blinding white. At once two men were there talking with him. They turned out to be Moses and Elijah—and what a glorious appearance they made!” (from Luke 9 The Message)
And a prayer:
Jesus Christ is the light of the world,
the light no darkness can overcome.
Stay with us, Lord, for it is evening,
and the day is almost over.
Let your light scatter the darkness
and illumine your people.