"People are People"

I was driving the other day, listening to an 80’s radio station when the song “People are People” Depeche Mode song came on. If you were a child/teen of the 80’s it was a hard song to miss.

Last night, the song came roaring back into my consciousness. We had a swim meet at our pool last night. We swam against a team we have been competing against for the past several years. Every other year we are at our home pool. This was our year to host them.

The meet went well. Swimmers swam. Coaches coached and the parents from both teams worked together to ensure a smooth night of summer swim team. Claire knew some of the kids, and a coach, from the other team because she swims with them during the year so she was having a good time with kids from both of her teams. The mood between the rival teams was cordial and friendly, or so I thought.

It was when the meet ended my eyes were opened a little to the tensions which were lurking just below the friendly facade. Some of the parents from the opposing team made some fairly disparaging comments regarding our facilities and the people who belong to our pool. It wasn’t necessary or nice. It was a little petty and mean. But it got me to thinking about how we viewed their pool last year when they hosted us…we said some not so nice and petty things about their facilities. The two pools couldn’t be more dissimilar in their appearance, with one being shiny and new and the other being old and a little run down. But, to me, it is neither here nor there about whose pool is better…ours or theirs. That is why Depeche Mode’s song came roaring back in my ears…

People are people so why should it be
You and I should get along so awfully

So we’re different colours
And we’re different creeds
And different people have different needs
It’s obvious you hate me
Though I’ve done nothing wrong
I never even met you
So what could I have done

I can’t understand
What makes a man
Hate another man
Help me understand

People are people so why should it be
You and I should get along so awfully

Help me understand

Now you’re punching and you’re kicking
And you’re shouting at me
I’m relying on your common decency
So far it hasn’t surfaced
But I’m sure it exists
It just takes a while to travel
From your head to your fist

I can’t understand
What makes a man
Hate another man

Help me understand

So, why is it that we are so quick to judge and slow to accept? I don’t get it. I hope the generation of tomorrow can make some sense of this because it doesn’t seem like ours is doing a bang up job…maybe we just need to start blasting this song again!

Oh, for the love of my children…

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