Sunday, August 21, 2016

Elvis Presley: In The Ghetto (1969)


Elvis Presley sings “In The Ghetto,”a song written by Mac Davis and recorded in 1969 at American Studios in Memphis, Tenn. The words refer to how lack of opportunity, history and cultural forces can lead to poor choices that help shape the future in a negative way, which includes self-destruction. That this is a sad situation is undeniable. We know that this is true, not only yesterday, but also today. Humans tend to judge easily and harshly from a “safe” distance, a default human condition that ostensibly “makes life easier,” less involved, less messy. Yet, it is important to resist such impulses. A belief in someone’s goodness, an outstretched and helping hand can often make a huge difference in a young person's life. In the grand scheme of things, however you view such things, mercy is more important than justice (knowing that law is not the same as justice). Where there is goodness and goodwill, there is living and life; the opposite is also true. With increasing age and maturity, we become convinced that this simple fact is true.