I have no album to celebrate today, no particular person to turn the spotlight on just a thought about the world in which we are living.
In the past week we have witnessed a young singer have her life extinguished by a lone gunman in Florida whilst signing autographs for fans after a concert, and then the tragic scenes in Orlando, Florida of people gunned down in a night club because of their sexuality, a crime that was so filled with hate and rage that all across the globe people were moved to standby and offer support to those who survived. But on the other hand there were those who gave the impression that this act of murder should be applauded. Instead of being horrified that someone with a weapon of destruction that had wiped out 49 lives and injured many more, they went out and bought thousands of the very same weapon and thus we await the next scene of carnage and loss of life on a grand scale. Welcome to The World of Broken Hearts!
Yesterday a 41 year old woman, Jo Cox, a Member of Parliament was going about her business, as she had often done since being elected last year, not knowing that her days on this earth were about to end and her family were about to enter The World of Broken Hearts. Here was a woman who had stood in defence of child refugees, had believed that in some small way that she could be a part of the change in this world and yet her life was snuffed out at the hands of a possible racist thug with a gun. He was arrested and will stand trial but the carnage he has left behind with lives of family and friends shattered is something he will never be called to account for!
It is not just the victims of gun crime though that enter this World of Broken Hearts, turn on the news or open the daily newspaper and it you will see them everywhere. From refugees fleeing their war torn lands in search of a better life having their lives shattered by the waves of a raging sea to the rising racism in our own land against those who have sought refuge here and have begun to rebuild their lives in one way or another, to the lives wrecked by child abuse, it's there in black and white for all to see.
I would not pretend even for a moment that I have the answers as to the whys and wherefores that these things happen. I can only look into my own heart and long that hatred for anyone does not dwell there and rise above the fear and show love especially to those in this World of Broken Hearts.
The World of Broken Hearts
Elvis Costello & The Attractions
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