Have the Paul Simon Anthology playing in the car and song 1 of disc 2 is the classic Graceland song, “Boy in the Bubble.” In it, he juxtaposes the hard times humanity was facing alongside the wonder and amazement of technological advances. In the chorus, he sings,
These are the days of miracle of wonder
This is the long distance call.
The way the camera follows us in slo-mo.
The way we look to a song, oh yeah.
The way we look to a distant constellation
That’s dying in the corner of the sky.
These are the days of miracle and wonder,
Don’t cry, baby, don’t cry.
Hearing that song a lot lately – I don’t change the CD’s in the car that often – I am struck by how much you could add now. The Internet, video skype, everybody writing, medical advances, the way the camera follows us from outer space, the way we pause live TV, and so much more.
We continue to live in “the days of miracle and wonder” (while still immersed in world conflict, tragedy and hate), but at what time will our education system change to embrace this?
How much longer can schools/administrators/teachers/parents resist acknowledging these amazing changes in technology and make the way our children learn reflect and tap into this?
I love it when music makes me think.
We continue to live in days for miracle and wonder. What new items should we include in a new verse for this song?
What are the new “miracles and wonders”?