Societal Interest

Society, as a whole , is of great interest to everyone. We’ve become a population that concentrates on not offending people, of hiding our true feelings about a situation, or speaking out and if what we said hurts someone else, tough. Social media has taken the globe and brought us closer but also separated us as each person seems focused on their own needs over anyone else.

What has brought us to this point? When did it become okay to bully someone because their political or religious beliefs are different? Have we devolved to a time when everyone looked upon their neighbors with suspicion? Are we now to report any actions we see as wrong, and gleefully watch people we’ve known and respected for years have their lives ripped shreds?

Far too many people have said these problems were with us all along and we were fooling ourselves to think that it was any different. That can’t be further from the truth. The hatred has always been with us, true, but there have been people who stood out in their stance to make our world a better place, a place where we really can get along.

In 1971, a man named Bill Backer, was stuck in an Irish airport with many, many angry travelers. Their flight to London had been delayed to a very heavy fog. M\r. Backer was late for an appointment to create a new commercial for Coca Cola. As he observed the people around him lashing out, raging about being stuck in the lounge, he sat down and penned memorable words that soon had a commercial for a soda being thought of as a song by a great new group.

That was only the beginning. I’d Like Buy The World A Coke was recorded on a mountaintop in Manziana, Italy in 1971 by a group of young adults. Their clear voices and obvious belief in what they were doing shown through. A year later, The New Seekers had a release of a rewritten version of this song, I’d Like To Teach The World To Sing. Perhaps instead of feeding on the ugliness of hating everyone who believes differently than we do, we should look back in history and see that on a hillside in Italy, a group of young adults sent out a message of love to everyone—a group of young adults that encompassed every ethnicity, religious, and whatever background anyone claims. 

How does this relate to writing? As authors, it is responsibility to look for ways to bring people together with our books, give them a common goal. Instead of hiding behind "this is my way and no one will change my mind, examine how much closer to countries that were once just an occasional mention on the news, and learn more about them.


I always liked that song. (It's simple, but simple isn't bad.)

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