John Mayer sings about merely waiting on the world to change. I discuss exactly why this line of thinking is negative and enforces no change in the problems of today.
Waiting on the world to change? Really? I have to hand it to Mayer.. I like the song. Its catchy, its got some good ideas, and most importantly it was used on So You Think You Can Dance-a show that I’m fascinated with. Every time I hear it, I wonder if Mr Mayer was expecting this to turn into the feel good-change the world song of the 00’s, reminiscent of the change the world songs of the 80’s. Guess Mr Mayer couldn’t get an entire group of singers together in Hollywood to sing with him, so he just sang it his own damn self! It seems not too many in Hollywood actually make many changes, but rather call out to the average American to feel guilty about their own practices and to step up and change the world. Don’t get me wrong-there are some great activists in America, and in Hollywood. However, the attitude that we must all just wait on the world to change bothers me.
But honestly, waiting on the world to change? What kind of apathetic slacker attitude is that? Why exactly is the change the world manifesto of Mr Mayer about how he’s waiting on the world, instead of being an active participant in the change ideology and activism? I understand his point- based on the lyrics, the complaint is that the government/media/world leaders have all the control and thus we are forced to wait on the world to change…One line even says “its not that we don’t care, its that we know the fight aint fair”.. come on you weak lazy loser! Stop your whining! So what its not fair! Why do you think things need to change!! Cause its not fair, its unbalanced, things aren’t right.. its up to someone to change them.
Isn’t it so indicative of the 2000’s, of this generation? Instead of moving, of acting, we are to sit around and write songs about how unfair the world is? We are to whine and complain when our government sends us to war, or does something we dont agree with, but the most we do is sing? I don’t believe the influx of 18-21 year old applicants to the Army since the beginning of this war believed that singing and waiting was the way to change the world. I believe they know that risking your life, that acting and moving on something you believe creates change.