Friday Five June 15

Katy Perry is certainly popular. My take on these lyrics – Who Am I Living For? is that she is fighting with her Christian upbringing and beliefs. I suspect she understands that he she was raised wasn’t a good example of Christianity, yet part of her still knows that Christianity is real and true. But to admit that is tantamount to admitting some other, painful things as well and she’s smart enough to make the connection that she would have much to give up in order to follow Christ. Here are the lyrics:

I can feel a phoenix inside of me
As I march alone to a different beat
Slowly swallowing down my fear, yeah yeah

I am ready for the road less traveled
Suiting up for my crowning battle
This test is my own cross to bare
But I will get there

It’s never easy to be chosen, never easy to be called
Standing on the front line when the bomb starts to fall
I can see the heavens but I still hear the flames
Calling out my name

I can see the writing on the wall
I can’t ignore this war
At the eh-end of it all
Who am I living for?

I can feel this light that’s inside of me
Growing fast into a bolt of lightning
I know one spark will shock the world, yeah yeah

So I pray for a favour like Esther
I need your strength to handle the pressure
I know there will be sacrifice
But that’s the price

It’s never easy to be chosen, never easy to be called
Standing on the front line when the bomb starts to fall
I can see the heavens but I still hear the flames
Calling out my name

I can see the writing on the wall
I can’t ignore this war
At the eh-end of it all
Who am I living for?

I can see the writing on the wall
I can’t ignore this war
At the eh-end of it all
Who am I living for?

At the end, at the end
Who am I living for?
At the end, at the end
Who am I living for?

Heavy is the head that wears the crown
Don’t let the greatness get you down
Heavy is the head that wears the crown
Don’t let the greatness get you down, oh, oh yeah

I can see the writing on the wall
I can’t ignore this war
At the eh-end of it all
Who am I living for?

I can see the writing on the wall
I can’t ignore this war
At the eh-end of it all
Who am I living for?

At the end, at the end
Who am I living for?
At the end, at the end
Who am I living for?

It is well-known that a person’s strength can also be their weakness. Most swords cut both ways. This MIT-Sloan article is a good, yet brief, explanation of this concept. What’s helpful is that they take a neutral stance to their personality characteristics. I’ve also found that lingering wounds from past relationships often inject negative aspects into people’s character. Left unchecked, these negative aspects will hinder the person from being all s/he can be.

I, for one, am quite happy and content with the stalemate in Washington. If the government isn’t going to undertake actions that will increase personal liberties and build up this economy, I’d prefer they did nothing.

Obama is whining. He needs to own this economy and needs to man-up to the fact that his policies of huge deficit spending, increasing regulations, passing a poorly written and poorly conceived health care bill while beating up on the banks and the rich have retarded our economy. Our present circumstances are not the responsibility of George Bush. While *all* past administrations have contributed at some level to our present situation – to varying degrees – the job of a President is to lead and take on the problems as they are and solve them. Obama whines and plays the victim card. I’m sick of it. Man-up, Mr. President. No one put a Smith and Wesson to your head and forced you to be President. It’s time you accepted responsibility commensurate with the perks you enjoy.

At the same time, I fully support the President’s decision on immigration. It seems to me to be a reasonable compromise.


 

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