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. The ocean waters are rising as a direct result of global warming. So too, people will rise up and demand change.
Finger On the Pulse
Originally released in 1964, The Times They Are A-Changin’ epitomized the social upheaval of the 60s. The song resonated with many, 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” -struck a chord (pun intended).
It also reflects the present need for our leaders to respond to the threat of climate change. We clearly need to 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. It’s pretty evident. 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. We are still living through very turbulent times. The struggle is immense, but the right words can help remind us of the continuity of of such struggle. They serve to connect us with the dissenters of the past and recognize the importance of activism & dissent. These connections can provide us with encouragement, strength, and motivation, as we strive to adapt to the change and protect our future.