Daar word op die oomblik in die kerk meer gepraat oor self-ontplooiing as oor self-opoffering.-Anon.......As ‘n kerk haar woorde begin devalueer, dan word die kerk ‘n ramp vir die volk. - K Schilder

8/18/2011

Men walk with death in their eyes ....

Ek hoor vanoggend vir die eerste keer Bruce Springsteen se liedjie "Factory - The working life" met onder andere die woorde: "... Men walk with death in their eyes ...." SJOE - ek het soms sleepvoet gaan werk, maar die dood in my oë?? Hoe voel jy oor JOU werk? (lees verder)

4 comments:

Henrietta said...

Bruce Springsteen song
Factory - Album
Early in the morning factory whistle blows,
Man rises from bed and puts on his clothes,
Man takes his lunch, walks out in the morning light,
It’s the working, the working, just the working life.

Through the mansions of fear, through the mansions of pain,
I see my daddy walking through them factory gates in the rain,
Factory takes his hearing, factory gives him life,
The working, the working, just the working life.

End of the day, factory whistle cries,
Men walk through these gates
with death in their eyes.
And you just better believe, boy,
somebody’s gonna get hurt tonight,
It’s the working, the working, just the working life.

Henrietta said...

Nog ‘n gedig oor erge werksomstandighede (kinderarbeid) is die bekende “Cry of the children” van Elizabeth Barrett Browning. Lees die hele gedig hier: http://www.wwnorton.com/college/english/nael/victorian/topic_1/children.htm
Hier is ‘n stukkie daaruit:
They look up with their pale and sunken faces,
And their look is dread to see,
For they mind you of the angels in high places
With eyes turned on Deity! —
"How long," they say, "how long, O cruel nation,
Will you stand, to move the world, on a child's heart, —
Stifle down with a mailed heel its palpitation,
And tread onward to your throne amid the mart?
Our blood splashes upward, O gold-heaper,
And your purple shows your path!
But the child's sob in the silence curses deeper
Than the strong man in his wrath."

Michael said...

Hi Henrietta,

Ek dink die lied is 'n hartseer siel se beskrywing van die geïndustrialiseerde verbruikers realiteit. Daar is verseker meer in die realiteit wat hier beskryf word, maar ek moet erken dat daar iets waardevol in hierdie liedjie se perspektief is.

Henrietta said...

Dankie Michael! Die Bybel het nogal heelwat te sê oor werk, onder andere die sg. "werksverbond" en in die Nuwe Testament: "wie nie werk nie, sal nie eet nie" (weet nie presies waar dit staan nie!). Maar ja, dis hartseer as dinge só erg gaan by die werk!