Saturday, April 29, 2006

Dare to Be Heard

While recognizing that we live in difficult times, in an uncertain and dangerous world - has it ever been otherwise? - I'm all for a little dissent, those times when an individual expresses a viewpoint that is at odds and in disagreement with the prevailing or official view. Sound familiar?

And this is never more so than when the prevailing view has become doctrinaire and an institutionalized orthodoxy that refuses to see and hear all sides of a debate. A closed mind is an equally dangerous thing.

So today I salute a legend, an iconoclast, and a cultural rebel with the honesty, integrity and moral courage to write songs that hold up a mirror for all of us to look into.

I salute Neil Young.

You don't have to agree with him. But if you have an open mind, you should listen to what he has to say.

Rock on, Neil! Rock on!


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