How many generations sang, heard or read these words?
“We don’t need no education
We don’t need no thought control
No dark sarcasm in the classroom
Teachers leave them kids alone
Hey teacher leave them kids alone
All in all it’s just another brick in the wall
All in all you’re just another brick in the wall”
More importantly, how many truly understood the meaning of these words? A lot, I think. But how many of these people ended up with any decisional power and with the attitude to change things for the better? Looking at the state of the educational system in the year 2016, it seems like the system has an even stronger grip on our brains than it had almost four decades ago when these words were written. Beaming from all directions, the informational overload is more efficient than ever in programming young and old minds alike. Perhaps it’s time to implement an Intellectual Diet^?
What about the song itself though? It’s a wonderfully groovy rock song, bursting with diversity, glistening with the masterful composition of space rock titans Pink Floyd. “The Wall” album is a powerful statement against a system designed to format minds and crush bones and bricks alike. For me, it’s impossible to post this song anywhere without an honest declaration of solidarity towards the principles it embodies.
Thank you for having been here, Pink Floyd.
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