Have you heard the song Comfortably Numb by Pink Floyd? No, well let me tell you about it. It is from their album, The Wall.
The Wall is a concept album about Pink, an embittered and alienated rock star. In "Comfortably Numb", Pink is medicated by a doctor so he can perform for a show.
The song ends with the following:
“There is no pain you are receding A distant ship, smoke on the horizon You are only coming through in waves Your lips move but I can't hear what you're saying When I was a child I caught a fleeting glimpse Out of the corner of my eye I turned to look but it was gone I cannot put my finger on it now The child is grown The dream is gone I have become comfortably numb” © BMG Rights Management, Concord Music Publishing LLC
This song talks about becoming comfortably numb in order to get on with life. When Pink was young, he had a dream, but that is gone. Now he feels nothing. I think many people can relate to that. It is the loss of innocence. In some cases, that motivates a person to make a difference, but in other cases, the person might just throw in the towel. Life is not easy, why not medicate? That is a terrible road to go down. It can lead to alcoholism, drug abuse, and sex addiction. Still many go down this road. It would seem that escapism started to become a way of life.
Do you know the song, Dear Younger Me by the Christian band Mercy Me?
Dear younger me Where do I start If I could tell you everything that I have learned so far Then you could be One step ahead Of all the painful memories still running thru my head I wonder how much different things would be Dear younger me, © Kobalt Music Publishing Ltd., Spirit Music Group, Essential Music Publishing
Some people would like to change the past, but cannot. But we cannot dwell on the past. We live in the present and hope for a wonderful future with our Lord and Savior Jesus. Those of use who know Jesus need to remember that there are plenty of other people who not and they are in their own way comfortably numb or maybe as the Christian rapper, NF, says, “Paralyzed.”
I'm paralyzed Where are my feelings? I no longer feel things I know I should I'm paralyzed Where is the real me? I'm lost and it kills me inside I'm paralyzed © Nate Feuerstein / Tommee Profitt
I have shared these three songs to hopefully show that people can be going through a difficult time and you might not even know it. I think Comfortably Numb and Paralyzed share a lot in common. The world and life grinds people down when they have no hope. Those of us that know Jesus need to share with those who do not. There are people out there that are paralyzed, numb, they don’t care. We can see from the songs Comfortably Numb and Paralyzed that even though thirty-six years separates these songs, the issues do not. Everyone is searching for something.
Often we look for advice or wisdom in the music we listen to. Those of us that know Jesus need to lift up those that need a hand. We can’t change the past, but we can work on the present. We can change our present and possibly others. At the very least we can be present for others.
Talk to them. Listen to them. Pray with them. Love them like Jesus would. Then maybe they will not be paralyzed or want to become comfortably numb.