I was listening to the song “Blowing in the Wind” by Bob Dylan and I just wanted to share some of the wisdom.
I love the line “How many deaths will it take till he knows that too many people have died?” because there is always a point in which a death count becomes too high, but really what is that point? If one person dies for a cause perhaps that is justifiable but thousands? That becomes a tragedy no matter what the cause. Or is it all relative? Does the number of acceptable deaths correlate to the greatness of the cause?
If person were to die on the quest for a package of fish and chips that would be a price to high right?
And what about the line “How many times can a man turn his head, pretending he just doesn’t see?” because we’ve all done it at some stage right? Sacrificing our morals for something, in the name of revenge, passion, greed but how many times can you turn away from something bad before you’ve become corrupted or you just can’t turn away anymore?
Sometimes you have to stand up for what is right and if you don’t you risk losing sight of right and wrong.
What I do think this song is about is that indefinable moment when one thing becomes another. The moment when a boy becomes a man or a mountain ceases to exist. It’s about subjectivity and trying to apply an arbitrary value to something intangible.
These are just a few things I think as I listen to this song but the meaning is endless, the interpretations eternal.