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Alexander's Tears

Posted on November 21, 2010

I've been writing today.  Lately, I've been out of my daily routine of writing - so much going on that I haven't made time.  Excuse?  Maybe, but it feels good to get back in the songwriting saddle and get some ideas out on paper. 

I don't know why or where the image came from, but some time back I had a mental image of Alexander the Great standing on the wall overlooking the city with tears streaming down his face.  As the story goes, he cried because there was nothing left for him to conquer.  I felt I needed to write something about Alexander's tears

I began wondering what force drives a man to that extent.  I don't know that I have an answer, but I think in a way we're all like Alexander - it seems we always want more.  Do we ever reach a point where we are content with where we are in life?  Do we ever reach a point where we are satisfied with the things we have?

We know the world we live in has limited resources, but still we keep wanting more.  In that way we're just like Alexander.  We consume and drive the economy.  The business world responds and increases its bottom line from year to year - or is it the other way around?  Either way we keep consuming more and more.  It may not be in our lifetime, but eventually, diminishing resources will dwindle away.

Alexander's tears serve as a reminder to us - what will we do when it's all gone?  Or can we start to live in a way that's sustainable?