Political opinion from a peace-nik, left-wing independent Democrat
Friday, March 24, 2006
IF BABOONS CAN WORK IT OUT…
I just attended the Charlie King and Rebel Voices (Susan Lewis and Janet Stecher) concert at the Unitarian Church in Davenport. It was a fund-raiser for the Worker House in Rock Island that provides hospitality for women and children who find themselves temporarily homeless.
One of the songs, "If Baboons Can Work It Out" really struck me. It was written by Charlie and has a message and a point of view we don't often hear. After getting home from the concert I looked up the words on Charlie's web site.
CHO: Are you ready for a better way to be? There's an answer swinging in our family tree Everybody lives more fully when there isn't any bully If Baboons can work it out then so can we
Act one, a culinary bungle in the wilds of Kenya A tourist camp there in the jungle serves a toxic menu They throw their garbage in a heap, the Alpha Baboon males compete The prize they win is poison meat, they die like Alpha men do (CHO)
Act two, the female ratio doubles in the ape assembly Surviving males who want no trouble take their places humbly Instead of dominance and subjection, mutual grooming! Group affection! It's the natural selection for this Baboon family (CHO)
Act three, now twenty years have passed, they're still cooperating New males arrive, they're learning fast: "No fighting, we're all dating!" Stress is lower. Hearts are stronger. Loving more and living longer. Hop in line and join the conga, time for celebrating
Now a human bully's harder to defeat I mean, you can't just send the White House poison meat! But you can vote, sign a petition, organize a coalition Hey hey! Ho ho! We say Rumsfeld's got to go!
'Cuz everybody lives more fully when there isn't any bully If Baboons can work it out then so can… Bush and Cheney? What a quandary, better put your trust in Gandhi If Baboons can work it out then so can… Popeye's eating all that spinach, shoulda voted for Kucinich If Baboons can work it out then so can… Him & her and you & me, as smart as any chimpanzee If Baboons can work it out then so can we.
I am a part-time blogger and an occasional Democratic Party volunteer living in Moline, Illinois (part of the Quad Cities). My day job is as a computer programmer with a Davenport, Iowa company that provides software to automobile dealerships.