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Celebrating this 2015 Grammy winner is a tune from his latest album.

To me, the song speaks of our resistance to the impermanence that exists in our being.

Whether we are Americans or Europeans, from the Middle East or Russia, a Catholic or Muslim, we all seem to be looking for an unmovable foundation to anchor us in the comfort of some ultimate truth. Our fabrication of a narrow band of truth makes us question anything outside the walls we’ve erected to keep us comfortable. Our acceptance or resistance to our impermanence determines our acceptance of others.

In the song below, I find this concept powerfully and succinctly conveyed in two short verses and a chorus. Verse one, speaks to the “me” in the song, the isolation of being inside ourselves; the chorus speaks to all of us wanting to be a part of the whole even though we have to make compromises to fit-in; and verse two speaks those who have no compassion for others differing beliefs.

We should all aspire to understand the Buddhist essential doctrine of impermanence and that our world is transient. We should all aspire to accept that our belief in an ultimate truth is in constant flux or at a minimum, not permanent. We should all understand the only ultimate truth in life is each of our personal truths is interlaced in ways we were never meant to understand.

We should all aspire listen to others before we judge their actions.

Enjoy one from the Album of the Year and Best Rock Album of 2015 …

I’m so tired of being alone
These penitent walls are all I’ve known
Songbird calling across the water
Inside my silent asylum

Oh don’t leave me on my own
Left me standing all alone
Cut me down to size so I can fit inside
Lies that will divide us both in time

See the turncoat on his knees
A vagabond that no one sees
When a moon is throwing shadows
You can’t save the ones you’ve caught in battle

Oh don’t leave me on my own
Left me standing all alone
Cut me down to size so I can fit inside
Lies you try to hide behind your eyes

Don’t leave me on my own
Don’t leave me on my own
So cut me down to size so I can fit inside
Lies that will divide us both in time

Blue Moon – Beck

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