It’s an apt song for any time, as in the song of that name from Billy Joel. Sure, it lists a bunch of names, but it says more than that.
What it conveys is there has always been controversial people and events throughout history.
That song highlights the key ones from the end of the second world war until the mid-eighties.
It is an answer to the feeling that things now are way worse than they have ever been and the world is coming unglued at the seams.
Are there bad stuff happening? Yep.
Things that should never happen? Yep.
Being done by people who shouldn’t be doing them? Yep.
Are people getting hurt in the process? Yep.
People that should never have been hurt in the first place and don’t deserve to be hurt? Yep.
My point is to calm down, and refuse to react emotionally to every little thing that goes on. There are people who benefit from a general feeling of instability.
Calm down, relax, think things through and deal with situations as they come with a calm and rational mind.
There are ways of dealing with injustices that are not violent, that are not destructive. As in: legislative, judicial, democratic.
There has always been injustice and inequality, always. I am not defending it but just pointing out the obvious.
Such injustice and inequality falls along monetary and wealth lines not race lines or those of gender. (Arguably more along the lines of morality and a sense of humanity).
Stay calm, stay safe, and go forth and make real change in our society.
As always: Keep your head up, your attitude positive, and keep moving forward!