Wonder (part 1)

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“This is war
This is peace
Quiet roars
of silent screams

It makes me think
It makes me deal
With the situation
How do I feel?

There’s a wall between us
A partition of sorts
and it makes me wonder
There’s a sign ahead
says it’s gonna be okay
and it makes me wonder
Should I go to the front?
or should I go to the back?
Should I just pray?
or should I attack?

This is church
This is state
Rock-n-roll
Amazing grace

It makes me think
It makes me deal
with the situation
how do I feel?”

From “Wonder” by King’s X

Years after I first heard these lyrics, they still make me think about the topics that everyone says we should avoid discussing, namely, religion and politics.  Yet now, more than ever, I find myself thinking about these things…and not just in some ideological, nice and fluffy sense. 

Something’s wrong in the world and how do I address that?  Fourth space commented the other evening that the amount of books that have been published about wanting to change the world had increased exponentially in recent decades.  Clearly, as a people, we want to change the world.  Do we believe it is still possible?  Is it still possible?

I know the notions of “church” and “state” can be interpreted differently in Europe than in the States, but these words still make me wonder…

This is the first in a short series of bite-sized posts which I plan to publish over the next couple of weeks musing upon these things…

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3 Responses to “Wonder (part 1)”


  1. 1 brunettekoala December 14, 2008 at 12:26 am

    If you stand for nothing you will fall for anything.

    That’s a powerful challenge.


  1. 1 Wonder (part 8) « The State That I Am In Trackback on December 27, 2008 at 12:38 am
  2. 2 Wonder (part 9) « The State That I Am In Trackback on December 30, 2008 at 1:13 pm

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