A little over a year ago, I was blessed to see Matisyahu perform in Detroit. While I watch the news today concerning the Egyptian president’s official resignation, I am taken back to that Matisyahu concert last year.
If you’re not familiar with Matisyahu, I strongly urge you to Google him and his music. He came onto the mainstream hip hop scene several years ago and is known for his spiritually moving lyrics , which are influenced by his Hasidic Jewish beliefs. Musically, his songs are influenced by reggae, rock and hip hop.
Matisyahu put on a relatively small show (at St. Andrew’s) but I think this added to the ambience. At one point of the performance, this was especially prevalent to me. As he was singing “One Day,” he engaged the crowd in a chant of par of the lyrics: “stop with the violence; down with the hate.” I could feel the energy of everyone, the power of words and the power of people in numbers… and I started crying. It was an amazing, inspiring moment that I hope I never forget.
The power that we can have on this world to affect change is often take for granted. Instead of pushing for change, we go along with the status quo. We prefer self-inflicted ignorance and complacence because it’s easier.
I personally do not believe my purpose in life is to simply exist. I was given a soul and a mind for a reason, and I strongly believe my life is a gift (as well as others) to do great things for humankind. We should be evolving, not devolving.
So how long will it take for us to be fed up with the hatred, the violence, the injustice, the system, the power-hungry, the giving in to the egos? How many of us sit on the sidelines, complaining but not creating change? What are we going o do, to make this world one of peace and love for ourselves and future generations? We should never underestimate our powers and God-given gifts, or even the singular power we possess. One person can start a chain-reaction.
My hopes are that the current events in Egypt will open our eyes to what we can do when we band together. Enough has to be enough NOW.