The Future’s So Bright I Gotta Wear Shades

Blog 1350 – 05.31.2019

The Future’s So Bright I Gotta Wear Shades

Today’s title I recall from an upbeat eighties song, the complete lyrics follow:

I study nuclear science

I love my classes

I got a crazy teacher, he wears dark glasses

Things are going great, and they’re only getting better

I’m doing all right, getting good grades

The future’s so bright, I gotta wear shades

I gotta wear shades

I’ve got a job waiting for my graduation

Fifty thou a year, buys a lot of beer

Things are going great, and they’re only getting better

I’m doing all right, getting good grades

The future’s so bright, I gotta wear shades

I gotta wear shades

Well I’m heavenly blessed and worldly wise

I’m a peeping-tom techie with x-ray eyes

Things are going great, and they’re only getting better

I’m doing all right, getting good grades

The future’s so bright, I gotta wear shades

I gotta wear shades

I study nuclear science

I love my classes

I got a crazy teacher, he wears dark glasses

Things are going great, and they’re only getting better

I’m doing all right, getting good grades

The future’s so bright, I gotta wear shades

I gotta wear shades

I gotta wear shades

I gotta wear shades

Songwriters: Patrick Lee Mac Donald

I loved that song the first time I heard it and even then though quite steeped in a life long obsession with a very narrow religious tradition I saw a greater truth – the future for us is what we make it, not wife, not family, not church, not friends or foes, we are ultimately responsible for our own wins and woes. Our tomorrow is only an echo of what we imagine, intend, dream of today. And our today always turns out just as we thought it would be yesterday. Our thoughts have the power to change our lives from day to day.

How do you see the future, gloom and doom, or light and loveliness? And please do not give me any Bible predictions of “end time” calamities. Those interpretations mostly, at least the red letter ones, many think predicted the surrounding, starving, and sacking of Jerusalem in ninety A.D. by the Romans, a well-documented historical event. As I quoted Celine Dion singing recently it is true for most of us that “we have to know some bad times or our lives are incomplete.” Still as an old adage says, “Life is what you make it.” And that is, I believe, far more true than most if not all of the stuff my narrow little church taught. My advice to anyone looking for religion is to steer clear of any belief system that blames another or others for the state of things and focuses mostly on the “thou shalt nots.”

I always thought it a bit odd that a religion who professed to believe in a God of Love kept quoting a tired old proverb that, “The fear of God is the beginning of wisdom.” Correct me if I am wrong, but I think fear not hate is the opposite of love. “Fear is the path to the dark side. Fear leads to anger. Anger leads to hate. Hate leads to suffering.” per wise Muppet, Master Yoda.

The only dark that concerns me is the shade of my glasses, the future’s so bright I gotta wear shades.

Your friend and fellow traveler,

David White

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