Kimberley Meyer
Kimberley Meyer

You know when a song is stuck in your head and you find yourself humming it out loud all day? “Don’t worry about a thing. ‘Cause every little thing gonna be alright.”

Or worse yet, you can’t help but sing it out loud.

Well, that often happens to me. Just the other day I couldn’t get this Bob Marley song out of my mind, “Don’t worry about a thing…”

I sang it all day. Mostly the chorus. But, sometimes the entire song too.

Whether you like Reggae or not, you have to love Marley. He had a way with rhythm and words. His music was meant to help end the political unrest he saw during the 1970s.

As well as vocalizing harmony and peace in his songs, Marley also spoke against racism and social injustice at rallies. In 1976, just two days before he was to perform at “Smile Jamaica”, a free peace concert, Marley was shot. That didn’t stop Marley. Wounded but otherwise OK he performed as scheduled. When asked why, Marley said, “The people who are trying to make this world worse aren’t taking a day off. How can I?”

Sadly, a half a century later, the same thing is happening. Social and racial injustice is at the center of the national news, politics and almost every community today. It is as if nothing has changed. No matter how many writers have written about it, speakers have spoken about it and singers have sung about it. We just can’t seem to get past it.

Everyone seems to be hyper-focused on social and racial injustice. Maybe I am missing something, but aren’t we all created equal. That’s what the Bible says. Or is that just for those who want to believe that the Bible was written only for them and those like them? I am confounded by our inability to overcome our differences and find unity. We say the words but miss the meaning.

Pride and prejudice. Two very divisive words. They are also the title of Jane Austen’s classic novel written in 1813 – for those who enjoy literature.
Set during the Regency Era in Great Britain, the injustice she wrote about had nothing to do with race. However, it was about inequalities. The gaps between men and women, rich and poor, educated and uneducated. Spoiler for those who have never read it, the main character, Elizabeth Bennett, realizes that the key to happiness is love. We need to love and to be loved.

While they both came from completely different world’s, Ms. Bennett’s wisdom and Marley’s reasoning have merit.

After all, misery perpetuates more misery. You cannot control your circumstances but you can control how you react.

As Marley would say, “Three little birds pitch by my doorstep, singin’ sweet songs of melodies pure and true. Don’t worry about a thing. ‘Cause every little thing gonna be alright.”

Kimberley Meyer has been the editor of The Devil’s River News in Sonora since 2016.