Sunday, April 29, 2018

Most People Are Good by Luke Bryan

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When I first heard "Most People Are Good' on the radio, it reminded me of a poem I wrote nearly 20 years ago based on the same premise called, 'I See Good People'.

If you find yourself frustrated with the negative energy that seems to infect our airways and unfortunately the internet, then you'll want to listen to the bit of hope expressed in the music and lyrics of this Luke Bryan song.

Are Most People Basically Good?

The operative word here is 'most'.

One way to answer that question is through a famous quote in the James Allen (b.1864-d.1912) book, 'As a Man Thinketh':

Mind is the Master power that moulds and makes,
And Man is Mind, and evermore he takes
The tool of thought, and, shaping what he wills,
Brings forth a thousand joys, a thousand ills,
He thinks in secret, and it comes to pass:
Environment is but his looking-glass

James Allen, a British Philosophical Author, is quoted as saying, "A man is literally what he thinks, his character being the complete sum of all his thoughts".

Another famous quote by Buddha says exactly the same thing, "We are what we think. All that we are arises with our thoughts. With our thoughts, we make the world".

We march through history with lists of famous souls who have repeated this same principle from century to century. I think they're trying to tell us something?

Life's Challenges Can Shade Our Hearts

No matter how much sunshine we allow in our life, there's always some darkness to overcome. However, those dark moments don't have to define us.

Luke Bryan expresses it well in this verse:

(Lyrics) I believe them streets of gold are worth the work
But I still wanna go even if they were paved in dirt
I believe that youth is spent well on the young
'Cause wisdom in your teens would be a lot less fun
I believe if you just go by the nightly news
Your faith in all mankind would be the first thing you lose

Every generation has it's struggles, and progress isn't easy, but basic goodness is something we can only control from within, and as James Allen so eloquently states in the above quote, "The tool of thought, shaping what he wills, brings forth a thousand joys, a thousand ills".

According to most of the great minds that came long before us, 'we are what we think'. Simple, yet hard to master.

Luke Bryan's song reminds us that it may be as simple as choosing to believe that most people, are in fact, good.







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4 comments:

  1. I agree with this philosophy, Barbara. Another famous quote that goes right along with the words written and sung by James Allen and Luke Bryan is Descartes "I think, therefore I am". Good things to remember.

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  2. I sure do like the way he thinks (and believes!) I certainly agree that if we shaped our view of the world based on the nightly news, we would think most people are evil to the core. I laughed when he said Friday nights should be spent under stadium lights (yes, I heard the neon part too) I think just about everyone I know would agree with that. My favorite line of the song, "I believe them streets of gold are worth the work, But I still wanna go even if they were paved in dirt". What a wonderful and unique statement and I certainly agree with that. Great song Barbara! Thanks for introducing me to it.

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  3. I sure love his voice. I'd never heard this song. I'm so glad you shared it.

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  4. I love the positive messages in this song. I believe the goodness within each of us, when unleashed, finds and connects with the goodness in others (and in the world). It seems we can't see and attract something that we don't carry within. I do believe most people are good. Thanks for sharing positive music with an uplifting message. Appreciated!

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