Tuesday, April 29, 2008

Can we ever really put the "fire" out?

While driving to work today I heard Billy Joel's "we didn't start the fire" . While it wasn't necessarily the greatest song ever written, it made me think of all the historical controversies and events that can be added now. Really, think about all the events that we have seen since the songs time line ended in 1989. So much has happened and yet the same holds true...

We didn't start the fire
It was always burning
Since the world's been turning
We didn't start the fire
No we didn't light it
But we tried to fight

Full lyrics here including historical dates.

Now think of all the significant history that we have had up until 2008. The song would go on forever if we added everything. What sticks out in your mind to add. What are some of the most memorable "fires" we have seen?

Desert Storm/gulf wars
Oklahoma City Bombings
President G. W. Bush
Princess Diana

So as another generation steps up to the plate, we are still fighting the "fires" and the world keeps turning. But what will our children have to fight? That's what scares me.

Well after I wrote this, I found this video on you tube...


chrissy said...

I have always loved this song by Billy Joel. I think I watched the U-tube video like six times to get everything! wow!

imadramamama said...

The two things that come to my mind beyond even that video are Hurricane Rita and Hurricane Katrina...

Ann(ie) said...

I lurve me some Billy Joel. Back in the day I did aerobics to this song. ha. That was about 15+ years ago? No wonder my arse is huge.

SJ said...

The first thing that came to my mind was Hurricane Katrina, but other stuff would include the Columbine HS Shooting (1990), the Olympic Park Bombing (1990), Clinton's Impeachment (1990), the Space Shuttle Columbia Explosion (2003), the VTech Massacre (2007) and the execution of Saddam Hussein (2006).

I did a history project on this song when I was in High School and I've never forgotten all the lyrics to that song.

Stacie said...

My daughter was born a little over a year before 9/11, I remember just crying over the terriblness of the event and thinking about the life that I just brought her into. It is REALLY scary to think of the fires they will be fighting, but then again I think our fires now aren't THAT much different than the fires that our parents had.

Mel said...

So true! I do worry about what faces my children as they grow up. I guess the only thing I can do is pray hard!!!!