Why Try? A Response, #SundayMusic with DJTwitter Tellio

Daniel Bassill responded to a post recently with question at the end that many of must confront over and over as we get closer and closer to our end.  He asked my, “Why do we try?”

I avoided the question for awhile. Who wouldn’t? Here is my response using only Randy Newman in my musical palette.  It is a dark and unrelenting palette, but it is honest. It is honest.



And my direct response to Daniel’s question: the only thing worse than not trying is not feeling.

5 Replies to “Why Try? A Response, #SundayMusic with DJTwitter Tellio”

  1. Thanks Terry. I’m a big fan of the Wheel of Time books written by Robert Jordan. I pointed to them in this 2011 article. http://tutormentor.blogspot.com/2011/09/how-can-one-person-change-future.html

    Like most science fiction/fantasy this is a journey and struggle against force of evil. The turning point in the series comes toward the end when the main character is faced with “why try, if it’s all going to go bad in the end” and finally gets the answer of something like, “because we get a chance to do it better the next time”.

    I’d add, maybe a few other people will help us if we keep trying.

  2. I suspect the question — why try? — is something that always haunts us in the face of huge things. Maybe small things, too.

    Someone once pointed me to this song, and I still have it in the back of my mind from time to time … You’ve got to swim …


    You gotta swim
    For nights that won’t end
    Swim for your family
    Your lovers your sisters
    Your brothers your friends
    You gotta swim
    For wars without cause
    Swim for these lost politicians
    Who don’t see their greed is a flaw

    The currents will pull you
    Away from your love
    Just keep your head above

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