Times of Change
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This past week, American singer-songwriter Bob Dylan was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature. As an inspiration folk singer, Dylan’s verses have been recognized for artfully reflecting these changing times. His words are especially poignant when considering the effects of climate change, and the rising ocean waters that result from global warming.
Finger On the Pulse
Released in 1964, The Times They Are A-Changin’ epitomized the social upheaval of the 60s, calling on listeners to awaken to the call for change. The lyrics, “If your time to you is worth savin’ -Then you better start swimmin’ -Or you’ll sink like a stone, -For the times they are a-changin’.”
It also reflects the present need for our leaders to respond to the threat of climate change, and wake up to the damage we are causing our planet, or face the increasingly dire consequences. As described in the lyrics, we must learn to swim or risk drowning. This has become clear. If we don’t “swim with the current” and respect the natural systems of the world, then many people and numerous cities will indeed drown.
The poet songwriter’s message remains relevant and inspirational (see also Inspiring Purpose). We are living through turbulent times, and the right words can help remind us of the continuity of the struggle, connecting us with the dissenters of the past. Such a connection can provide us with strength and motivation as we strive to adept to the changing and protect our future.