Prophet

Save the Children was released a half century ago on Marvin Gaye’s 11th studio album: What’s Going On. In 2020, it was ranked number one on Rolling Stone‘s list of the 500 Greatest Albums of All Time; yet, despite my generation’s acceptance of Gaye’s prophetic message when we were young activists, we Boomers chose to disregard it as we entered our twenties and devolved into The Me Generation.

Our collective behavior over the years has answered the prophet’s question, Who really cares, to save a world in despair? in much the same way that Old Testament prophets were answered by their contemporaries: “Obviously, not us!” (See BLOGGER’S NOTES below the lyrics for more commentary.)

Lyrics: Save the Children

I just want to ask a question:
Who really cares, to save a world in despair?
Who really cares?
There’ll come a time
When the world won’t be singing
Flowers won’t grow
Bells won’t be ringing
Who really cares?
Who’s willing to try?
To save the world,
That’s destined to die
When I look at the world
It fills me with sorrow
Little children today
Are really going to suffer tomorrow
What a shame
Such a bad way to live
Oh, who is to blame?
We can’t stop living,
Live, Live for life
Live life for the children
You see, let’s…let’s save the children
Let’s…let’s save all the children,
But who really cares?
Who’s willing to try?
To save our world
To save our sweet world
To save a world
That is destined…to die
Oh, la la la la, la la la
Oh, oh, dig it everybody

BLOGGER’S NOTES:

Greta Thunberg has taken on the mantle from Marvin Gaye as a latter day “Old Testament-like prophet,” and just as Gaye’s prophetic plea was heard by the young and enlightened 50 years ago, so too has Thunberg’s message resonated today.

Unfortunately, the actions/words of today’s leading politicians and capitalists have ranged from patting Thunberg’s head and patronizing her to outright ridicule, including the following in response to Thunberg being named Time’s 2019 Person of the Year, which was tweeted by the poster child for civilization-killing Boomer behavior, Donald Trump:

“So ridiculous. Greta must work on her Anger Management problem, then go to a good old fashioned movie with a friend! Chill Greta, Chill!”

Mainstream humanity was introduced to the probability of Civilization’s demise in 1968 (The Population Bomb), but advantaged Boomers like me who—despite loving Gaye’s What’s Going On album—hedonistically turned deaf and blind to his prophesies, and now many of us are impotently whimpering his 50-year-old plea:

But who really cares? Who’s willing to try? To save our world / To save our sweet world / To save a world / That is destined…to die.

(The photo of Gaye is by Jim Britt, whose other (copyrighted) photos of Gaye from the same session—many of them in full color—can be seen at his website. Originally distributed by Motown Records, it is now in the Public domain.)

Save the Children

PINCTADA

It promises to be a long winter! Why not escape to the South Pacific in 1956 by diving into “Pinctada,” a historical noir, coming-of-age novel duo comprised of two novels that are intended to be read as one work? (Continued below …) 

Pinctada’s Brittany “Bambi” Macey at 19
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Pinctada explores the lives of two young American teenagers — Bill Benton and Brittany “Bambi” Macey — as they encounter tumultuous months in French Polynesia, where they must endure and overcome unforeseen challenges of adulthood in an extraordinary world that is beyond their imaginings when they steal away on the Ultima Thule; challenges that are resolved by fate, courage, perseverance, a child, and a strategic return.