This morning I woke up with a song in my head. I’ve noticed over the years that when that happens the lyrics are normally trying to tell me something, and – happily for us today – the lyrics to this song just happen to be featured on the official video. So here it is / they are:
I can see why it came to me, it seems to describe how a lot of people are feeling at the moment, like we’ve all run out of time and are now quietly panicking. And it does feel a little like we’ve been abandoned by God, rightly so, one might say, given that as a society we have turned our collective backs on Him.
As a result, I’m not the only person who has been drawn back to this song in recent months. On YouTube, there are dozens of comments from people posted since the Covid brouhaha hit saying much the same thing. And then I came to this comment:
In The New York Times, September 16, 1990, George Michael is quoted regarding this song: “No event inspired the song. It’s my way of trying to figure out why it’s so hard for people to be good to each other. I believe the problem is conditional as opposed to being something inherent in mankind. The media has affected everybody’s consciousness much more than most people will admit. Because of the media, the way the world is perceived is as a place where resources and time are running out. We’re taught that you have to grab what you can before it’s gone. It’s almost as if there isn’t time for compassion.”
I often think George Michael’s legacy doesn’t really do him justice. Most people think of him as a bit of an airhead pop artist, but you’ve got to hand it to him: He called the media out on their shenanigans 30 years ahead of the curve (and this isn’t the only song of his that speaks to a deeper genius at work).
He’s absolutely right of course, and now this fake pandemic has laid out for anyone with eyes to see. How many times this year have we heard about shortages – of hospital beds, of ventilator, now of vaccines. In the UK they didn’t even disguise their agenda; the cry immediately went up: SAVE THE NHS! Not save people from dying, no, it’s not human lives we’re interested in preserving here – that might provoke a debate over which lives we should be prioritising: those at risk of Covid? Cancer? Suicide? But that discussion was quickly buried by the media. The health system, which was after all founded to protect us, must now be mothballed to protect it. No one must access health care ever again lest the valuable resource of hospital beds and ventilators should run short.
And yet people just accept it! “Yes, yes,” they all cry. “The NHS must be saved. The BBC said so.”
Michael is such a genius that he even pinpoints the exact cause of us all being willingly hoodwinked by the media in this way: “All God’s children crept out the back door … and He can’t come back coz He’s got no children to come back for.”
That pretty much gets to the heart of it, doesn’t it? We can talk about Great Resets and World Economic Forums, the technocracy and the UN and the guilt of those who want to enslave us, but we watch their media, buy their stories, worry about whether we have enough, wonder how we can get more. “Save the NHS!” the cry goes up, and none of us stop to think whether it’s the NHS that we’re supposed to be saving.
Michael’s quote in the NY Times reminded me very much of a talk I heard back in September by Rabbi David Smith, who lays out the problem very starkly as a choice between belief in the God of abundance versus believing the stories spun by the cult of scarcity.
God made this world and everything in it, Smith explains, and it is an act of faith (’emuna’) on our part to believe that He will therefore provide for all of his creations – ie, us.
Against that, we have various groups and ideologies which stoke fear by shrilly sounding warning bells over scarcity. It is that fear – that there won’t be enough for us, that we’ll be left out in the cold, that those in power use to control us. Michael sums it up nicely: “It’s almost as if there isn’t time for compassion.”
Perhaps it’s time we all found some time.
The lecture by Rabbi Smith, if you’re interested, is this one: