Religion played a big role in my life, it does not anymore. I am not a religious person. However, I find religious stories fascinating and sometimes absurd. Not too long ago I heard a local religious leader talking about Adam and Eve:
When Adam and Eve disobeyed God’s commandment they were afraid, they wanted to hide. When God call them, the snake told them to grab some leaves and cover their naked bodies. Because Adam and Eve disobeyed, it would be required to have someone to bring us back to God, someone who would show us the way; Jesus.
This religious leader explained how when we fail we feel ashamed, we want to hide and segregate ourselves from the people we love. Shame makes us to submissively accept failure.
One day after the U.S. elections of 1980 in which Ronald Reagan was elected president, Bruce Springsteen was giving a concert in which he said, “I don’t know what you guys think about what happened last night, but I think it’s pretty frightening” then he played “Badlands”.
Badlands, a song that call us to not give up and submissively accept failure, a song to not waste our time waiting for something good to happen. This is a song that call us to keep pushing until the badlands start treating us good, and it is love and hope what one day may raise us above these badlands.