Music – To the Better Angels of Our Nature


Angels of mercy, angels of light
Angels of darkness, angels of might
Angels with voices that whisper so clear
Who do I lean to, who do I hear?

Play: To the Better Angels of Our Nature

Susan Ashton - To the better angels of our nature.

Susan Ashton - To the better angels of our nature.

Lyrics:

He fell to his knees and he cried out for mercy
Heart-felt confessionals to an angry mob
But vengeance was theirs as they bellowed for justice
“Death to the man who has sinned against God”

I joined in the chant feeling so high and mighty
Pointing the finger from up on my throne
‘Til I looked in his tears and I caught my reflection
And I knew that I could not cast the first stone

Let the gavel fall slowly tho’ truth’s been revealed
Sequester the jury for a moment to feel
And in the courts of compassion I hope we can appeal
To the better angels of our nature, to the better angels of our nature

I walked along on my soft streets of plenty
She walked the alleys of anguish and need
While clutching my greed I was struck by a vision
But for the grace of God, that could be me

And we gather in chambers of lofty ideals
Still debating the giving when handed the bill
But in the congress of kindness I hope that we can yield
To the better angels of our nature, to the better angels of our nature

Angels of mercy, angels of light
Angels of darkness, angels of might
Angels with voices that whisper so clear
Who do I lean to, who do I hear?

We are building our world with a fevered emotion
While trying to keep it from coming apart
But as we reach for the dream can we still reach within us
We won’t have the hope if we don’t have the heart

‘Cause we’ve tossed in the gale of a moral decline
As we drink from the grail of society’s wine
But at humanities table I hope we choose to dine
With the better angels of our nature,
With the better angels of our nature

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Thanks to Laurie A. Wilcox for bringing this song into my life.

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6 responses to “Music – To the Better Angels of Our Nature

  1. Al

    I’ve ran into a few angels of mercy; however, I have found there a lot more angels of darkness. I’ve also seen one evolve into the other… both ways… and under the most surprising circumstances. Unless you observe a person under the most stressful circumstances… you will never know their true nature.I believe that all are capable of both… and once a course is chosen we tend to fulfill our own “prophecy”.

    Of course, as with all things… it’s just my opinion… and I could be wrong.

    • Al – the challenge of either good angels or bad angels — and they are all angels are they ? — is that when you have a purpose you become determined not to let anything interfere with achieving the objective.

      This is why both nanny states and theocratically-based government become facist to some degree. Opposition to one program comes to be seen as opposition to the ruling class in general.

      All animals are not equal.

  2. I like this post, Bill. I often marvel that with all the kind people we have in the world, why is there still so much lack of compassion?

    The answer is, I believe, that those who are in power too often lack compassion, and the rest of us suffer as a result.

    Al, I think human beings can change, as you note. But they have to want to and know how to. Knowing how to change is the easy part. Wanting to change is more difficult.

    • I don’t think that there is a lack of compassion. There is a lack of universally agreed upon answers.

      Example: expiring unemployment.

      We hear that the evil Party of NO is refusing to help the unemployed. Yet, any number of Republicans have said that they would vote to extend the unemployment period IF it were paid for. Their answer: transfer unspent funds from the stimulus fund. Easy.

      President Obama and many of the Democrats claim that they are concerned about the uberrapidly rising national debt and deficit, yet the ‘help the unemployed’ response is to borrow more money or to print money. Easy.

      ”Republicans are clueless about their heartlessness and Democrats are heartless due to their cluelessness.”
      — John Corzan, a friend of mine.

      Yes. Exactly.

  3. Laurie Wilcox

    I think there’s truth to both what Al says, and to the lyrics to this song. Reminds me of one of my favorite quotes, from Alexander Solzhenitsyn –

    “If only there were evil people somewhere insidiously committing evil deeds and it were necessary only to separate them from the rest of us and destroy them. But the line dividing good and evil cuts through the heart of every human being. And who is willing to destroy a piece of his own heart?”

    I think we’d all do well to remember that.

    • I look forward to having coffee and chat in person with Al whenever I get the chance. There is always much truth to what Al is thinking about and saying. I learn something — both factual and from perspective — each time we get together.

      ”Republicans are clueless about their heartlessness and Democrats are heartless due to their cluelessness.” — John Corzan, a friend of mine.

      Yes. Exactly.

      It would be nice if the evil doers and their hearts could be easily seen into.

      But which is the more evil and dangerous: the blatant or the insidious?

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