Changing Times

Atualizado: 28 de set.

Everything must change, nothing stays the same are the lyrics to George Benson’s, 1977 R&B/soul, from his ‘In Flight’ album. The simple content has fascinated me with much sincerity over the years. Firstly, I had the pleasure to take my wife to see him at Wembley Arena, London in 1986, and secondly because many world citizens are facing the challenge of difficult times due to the pandemic, Ukraine war and its implications, rising inflation, and political uncertainty. Now that our Royal Majesty has died, it makes sense to stop, feel, and explore our changing times!

Here are the initial words of the song:

Everything must change, Nothing stays the same. Everything one must change,

Nothing stays the same.

The young become the old, Mysteries do unfold.

These words are important as we; people of the world might want to share the impact that Elizabeth II “The Queen” has had on our growing up, especially in these difficult times of reform. I know some of my students have dissimilar views on the monarchy. New blood through new generations with differing opinions dispute the real viridity of tradition and if there is any point to holding onto it.

There isn’t much we can do individually unless we join forces and share a common denominator to overcome diversity and get our world in order. The problem then is diversified sentiments, and consequently bickering that ends up in conflict; in cases like Ukraine being attacked by the Russian forces over sovereignty, and possibly more so than ever before. Traditions are an important aspect of upbringing while an important reminder of our heritage. No one can deny it. Yes, improvements should be made.

However, we need to find remorse to unsettling the boat and causing it to capsize. If those involved were calmer and tried to put themselves in other people shoes then the world would be a better place. More ability to find a solution to resolve matters with less need to always be right, confrontational and as a result, taking unlaw-abiding actions.

Take care!

Prof. Carl Boniface

Vocabulary builder:

R&B/Soul= The term "rhythm and blues," often called "R&B," originated in the 1940s when it replaced "race music" as a general marketing term for all African American music, though it usually referred only to secular, not religious music.

Common denominator (n) = a shared multiple of the denominators of several fractions, a feature shared by all members of a group. "The common denominator for the fevers was the bite of a tick." um carrapato

Bickering (n) = backbiting, squabbling, internal strife, arguing, disputing, quarreling, wrangling, have an argument, have a quarrel, (ant) agreeing

Sovereignty (n) = dominion, rule, power, control, authority, dominance, or independence, autonomy, self-government, freedom, self-determination

Unlaw-abiding (adj) = unruly, boisterous, disruptive, disorderly, rowdy. In other words, it is the opposite of obeying the laws or commands of society or a higher authority.

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