Mercy Mercy Me

Here I am offering yet another apology for the failure of the Boomer Generation to address problems that were in our youthful faces from the daily gales of popular culture, problems that gave us the collective opportunity to prove our assertion that we would be the generation that was was going “to change the world with words like love and freedom.” And then we became the Me Generation:

A term referring to Baby Boomers in the United States and the self-involved qualities that some people associate with it. The 1970s were dubbed the “Me Decade” by writer Tom Wolfe who commented on the rise of a culture of narcissism among the younger generation of that era (Boomers). The phrase caught on with the general public at a time when “self-realization” and “self-fulfillment” were becoming cultural aspirations to which young people supposedly ascribed higher importance than social responsibility. (Wikipedia)

And there you have it, the foundational cause of the shit-storm of amoral, self-centered and socially irresponsible life styles and far-reaching policy and business decisions that have generated the phenomena that are on the brink of dooming the Taker Culture (the dominant culture in the world for the past 10,000+ years), and the cause of world-wide overpopulation, the greatest Wealth Gap since the years just prior to and during the advent of The Great Depression, an epoch-defining period of mass extinction, and the probably irredeemable effects of climate change.

Over 50 years ago we had an undeniable series of highly visible and prophetic warnings that were in the mainstream media from the Drs. Erlich who were interviewed by Johnny Carson on The Tonight Show about their claims in The Population Bomb, to pop music like the following:

Mercy Mercy Me (The Ecology) was the second single from Marvin Gaye’s 1971 album, “What’s Going On.” Following the breakthrough of the title track’s success, the song, written solely by Gaye, became regarded as one of popular music’s most poignant anthems of sorrow regarding the environment. Led by Gaye playing piano, strings conducted by Paul Riser and David Van De Pitte, multi-tracking vocals from Gaye and The Andantes, multiple background instruments provided by The Funk Brothers and a leading sax solo by Wild Bill Moore, the song rose to number 4 on Billboard’s Pop Singles chart and number one for two weeks on the R&B Singles charts on August 14 through to August 27, 1971. (Wikipedia; lyrics at the end of the post—read ’em and weep!)

A half century later, how have we Boomers measured up to our protestations in the late Sixties? In the parlance of our high school years, I think, for the past half-century, we have been almost entirely out to lunch!

Lyrics—Mercy Mercy Me:

Whoa, ah, mercy mercy me
Oh things ain’t what they used to be, no no
Where did all the blue skies go?
Poison is the wind that blows from the north and south and east

Whoa mercy, mercy me,
Oh things ain’t what they used to be, no no
Oil wasted on the oceans and upon our seas, fish full of mercury

Ah, oh mercy, mercy me
Ah things ain’t what they used to be, no no
Radiation under ground and in the sky
Animals and birds who live nearby are dying

Hey mercy, mercy me oh
Ah things ain’t what they used to be
What about this overcrowded land?
How much more abuse from man can she stand?

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