Monday, July 12, 2004

How far can you fall?

Self-pity is way overdone in our society. There are so many people who feel sorry for themselves when they're actually in relatively good situations. Do they have the right to feel sorry for themselves then, whine and complain about life? I wonder how hard and how low you need to fall before you can identify with Sarah here. So many people that I see complaining about life seem to have such trivial and insignificant troubles compared to others that are even in the same society, let alone those in more despondent societies. Self-pity's gotta be one of the worst self-inflicted limitations on humanity, mainly because it's so easily rectifiable and yet isn't rectified. Don't get me wrong, grief is different from self-pity. Grief is warranted when something happens. Say your parents die when you're 10, leaving you an orphan. Or perhaps you just found out how your loved one lied to you your entire life. But self-pity? That's just being lazy, selfish, irresponsible, defeatist, and wanting things to be handed to you on a silver platter. Heck, I should know. I do it all the time.

Fallen
By Sarah McLachlan

Heaven bent to take my hand
And lead me through the fire
Be the long awaited answer
To a long and painful fight

Truth be told I've tried my best
But somewhere along the way
I got caught up in all there was to offer
And the cost was so much more than I could bear

Though I've tried, I've fallen...
I have sunk so low
I have messed up
Better I should know
So don't come round here
And tell me I told you so...

We all begin with good intent
Love was raw and young
We believed that we could change ourselves
THe past could be undone
But we carry on our backs the burden
Time always reveals
The lonely light of morning
The wound that would not heal
It's the bitter taste of losing everything
That I have held so dear.

I've fallen...
I have sunk so low
I have messed up
Better I should know
So don't come round here
And tell me I told you so...

Heaven bent to take my hand
Nowhere left to turn
I'm lost to those I thought were friends
To everyone I know
Oh they turned their heads embarassed
Pretend that they don't see
But it's one missed step
You'll slip before you know it
And there doesn't seem a way to be redeemed

Though I've tried, I've fallen...
I have sunk so low
I have messed up
Better I should know
So don't come round here
And tell me I told you so...
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