Teach your Children

My name is Christopher Bollinger.

I am starting this blog to share my writing, my artwork, and my views on life, the universe, and everything. I hope the adventure is entertaining for everyone involved.

The lyrics to the song “Teach you Children” by Crosby, Stills, Nash, and Young are some of the ones I have pondered over the years. What exactly does this song mean?

You, who are on the road must have a code that you can live by.
And so become yourself because the past is just a good bye.
Teach your children well, their father’s hell did slowly go by,
And feed them on your dreams, the one they picked, the one you’re known by.
Don’t you ever ask them why, if they told you you would cry,
So just look at them and sigh and know they love you.

And you, of the tender years can’t know the fears that your elders grew by,
And so please help them with your years, they seek the truth before they can die.
Teach your parents well, their children’s hell will slowly go by,
And feed them on your dreams, the one they picked, the one you’re known by.
Don’t you ever ask them why, if they told you, you would cry,
So just look at them and sigh and know they love you.

I see it as a song as designed to allow both the old and the young to feel “generationally together.” Which of course is total BS. The truth to me is that the horrors seen and lived through by previous ages of men will continue down through the next few decades and centuries…the cycle unbroken. Perhaps this vision of repetitive historical cycling is meant to encourage us to break free of its grasp.

I can only hope so.

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