Had a friend send this to me, and started me thinking about how people, families, and nations are connected or disconnected.
Never heard of Stereo MCs before but I like the song and just about anything with drums and a strong baseline – there’s something of a primordial resonance.
Somewhat contradictory but in many ways in the digital age people are more connected then ever before and conversely less connected to families as they text, hang on the phone, surf the web, and play video games.
Lot of talk about the disintegration of families and a lack of shared purpose – everyone knows if there isn’t a good connection appliances and just about everything else doesn’t work, I’d say that’s the same for families, where once there was a shared sense of responsibility maybe not so much anymore.
I hear people carp about Asian immigrants at times, how they’ll open a business even in a bad neighborhood and succeed – that success is predicated on a shared purpose, and that purpose is family.
They all contribute to the effort and pull their weight, they all accept responsibility for the welfare of the family.
“Clannish”? , ”They all stick together”? Why shouldn’t they when they share a common language, customs, and a culturally different outlook?
Is there a law that everyone must surrender cultural diversity and be assimilated into the melting pot?
That people can’t make the necessary adaptations and maintain their cultural identity?
I’m satisfied with my cultural identity, and there’s lot of things out there in the world and in other cultures I’m not interested in or becoming like – I’m connected to what is important in my life and intend on staying that way.
Now, check out the bassline in the video and remember, stumble you might fall – get up and dance, nobodies watching, and what difference does it make if they are?