Friday, December 4, 2009

Bob Marley, on politics

"Dem's a play with people's minds. Shouldn't play with people's minds."

I love how loosely Marley holds things so many revere. Granted, that was pretty much his philosophy on life. He also said, "I handle fame by not being famous. I'm not famous to me." It just tickles me.

Are politics simply mind games? Words on flat paper. Intangible laws. Hope in remote people. They do seem transient and extraneous next to the nine-year-old girl I know whose dad is in jail for violence and whose life is devoid of any security whatsoever. She told me a few weeks ago she might be placed in a group home, even further from the people from whom she really needs love. Would her circumstances be different if a Republican were in office?

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