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Exploring the feelings behind the worldview theme--another project WORLDVIEW theme song...
song for theme #52: Independent Living for the Sick, Disabled, Old
Respect” by Stephen P. Cook
to be sung
to the tune of “Seventy Six Trombones” by Meredith Wilson (from The
[with upbeat loud
At seventy-six my old bones hope to be
And at one hundred and ten finally left behind1,2
I plan to give it all I’ve got to call my own
Independent Living3 is what I have in
At seventy-six I hope to still be giving back4
So they think of me at birthday hundred and ten
Inability to meet my needs will bring me to my
It’s not a matter of if, but when
quieter but still enthusiastic tone]
I know this old body will soon break down
Old and sick, old and sick, pain gets in the way
A double wheeled chair for me and stay indoors
My goal, is to delay that day
All of us young and old have special needs
Take care of me, take care of me
Please be extra kind
Help out where I can
Empathize5 that’s been my plan
With caring respect to both give and find
softer, slower, subdued, quiet]
Helpless when we enter this world
That’s how we leave6
Humbly, humbly we end up where we start
If I’m helpful to others along way
With caring respect
I’ll die having done my part
/ COMMENTS (this
song is part of the author’s personal story)
Perhaps this song should be classed as semi-autobiographical?
It honors the author’s father—who, when his young children
told him he was really old, told them he felt like he was one
hundred and ten. In latter years the joke was he would live to that
age (he died just short of ninety-two).
Just a couple of years before his death, he announced he really
loved musicals. Perhaps
The Music Man
was especially a favorite!
According to a Vanguard Group retirement planning calculator, the chance
that a married couple—each 76 years old, call
them John and Mary—will live to be 110 years old are: 0.01% for
John, 0.16% for Mary.
Other research suggests that today’s British sixteen year olds
have a 25% chance of living to at least age 100.
Living typically refers to the expressed desires of elderly people and
people with disabilities to 1) have the
opportunity and responsibility to
make their own decisions and 2) exercise their right to control their
socially responsible—meaning acting in a way that benefits society.
refers to "fellow
feeling", that is imagining that you are in the other person’s
shoes and experiencing his or her
feelings, struggles, fears, pain,
etc. Often empathy è
compassion. Using a phrase from a yoga sutra, cultivating an attitude of
“compassion for the unhappy” is
a plan that for many is worthy of consideration.
beings just after birth or just before death are typically helpless.
Comment: this theme may have value as
emotional armor in that feeling independent and self reliant can help
overcome fears of an unknown (perhaps totally dependent) future.
Watching elderly people deal with stress spawned a new term among social
science researchers. As Carver and Connor-Smith describe it, “The
notion of accommodative coping derives from the process of successful
aging…It refers to adjustments within the self that are made in
response to constraints. [Adjustments include] acceptance, cognitive
restructuring, and scaling back one’s goals.” The disabled can also
benefit from aspects of this coping style.
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