Changing the world begins with our efforts

By Charlie Martin
Catholic News Service

“Come Together”

Here we are, with our backs against the wall

We’ve got big city dreams, but we don’t move from the asphalt

We run away, from our own imagination

But at the same time, we’ve got this amazing fascination

We’ve got hopes on the horizon

We can’t stop from climbing the mountain

We’re sick and tired of keeping silent

We are, we are, we are

Refrain:

We are gonna come together

We’re gonna come together now

We are gonna run together

We’re gonna turn it upside down

Cause with the smoke in the mirror, I can see your face

So, let’s run to the fire escape

Come together, we’re gonna come together now

Who are they with their so-called innovations?

They hold on like they found their own salvation

They shy away from the slightest alteration

But at the same time, we’ve got the same fascinations

We’ve got hopes on the horizon

We can’t stop from climbing the mountain

We’re sick and tired of keeping silent

We are, we are, we are

(Repeat refrain.)

Just let go, it’s a free fall

We’re almost home, it’s a free fall

(Repeat refrain.)

  Sung by Echosmith

      Copyright 2014, Warner Bros.

A release from the band Echosmith pays tribute to the 1985 classic film “The Breakfast Club,” now remastered and playing in theaters around the U.S. to honor the film’s 30th anniversary.

Considered one of the best films depicting high school life in the U.S., the film describes the transformation of a group of teens who are members of different cliques but find themselves in detention together. They eventually discover that they have more in common than they previously believed.

The song’s message reflects the film. The teens have “big city dreams,” but “run away, from our imagination.” Yet, they have “hopes on the horizon.” They “can’t stop from climbing the mountain.” They say, “We’re gonna come together,” presumably to encourage each other and go after the goals that each of them want to achieve.

The song makes me think about what I see happening in young people. Among the so-called millennials, I find genuine openness toward each other and a rejection of the stereotypes that bring division. When I am privileged to have time with my children and their college friends, I am always uplifted by the attitudes and goals that I hear.

These days, I truly see people coming together. Consider that this summer we saw thousands rally against the Confederate flag, a symbol hurtful for many. We saw health care for many of the nation’s poor reaffirmed, and millions followed the online “Compassion Summit” honoring the Dalai Lama.

In addition, our beloved Pope Francis released his encyclical on the environment. Additionally, Pope Francis visited some of the poorest nations in South America to proclaim the “good news” of the Gospel.

Yes, there is suffering, but the Holy Spirit is clearly infusing God’s people with courage and commitment, urging them to ask new questions while rejecting old and inadequate answers.

As always, it is up to you to determine what part to play in bringing the world together. It is up to you to decide what stereotypes you will rise above. It is up to you to decide to listen to spiritual leaders and find new ways to connect with others and help them.

This is our challenge as Catholics. Through parish youth groups or via clubs at school, you can form an action plan. Bigotry, devaluing of human beings, war and violence are not the promise of our future. Don’t be distracted by singular, painful events. You and your peers can set out to change what you don’t like.

As you set out to change what’s wrong and affirm what’s right, remember that you and your peers are a big part of God’s plan of transformation for this world.

Your comments are always welcome. Please write to me at: chmartin@hughes.net, or at: 7125 West CR 200 South, Rockport, IN 47635, or like this column on Facebook at “Charlie Martin’s Today’s Music Columns” and post a comment or suggestion.

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