The Question of The Day: Where in the World are You?

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How is it that we sit in a question?

There’s been a lot of questions to ask lately (see some by Craig Detweiler here), questions about the presidential candidates (and their VP’s selections), questions for those candidates about war, questions about the financial system, questions about bailing out the financial system, questions about creating a universal health care plan for $700 billion, questions about the American “empire,” and on and on. With so many questions there seem to be a distinct lack of answers. Then again whenever someone offers an answer quickly it always seems to strike me as too easy of an answer and I am skeptical.

The questions we are asking in America (and in the world for that matter) seem to be large abstract questions that in some ways refuse to listen to answers that are spoken hastily… But I do think the questions we are asking deserve and desire answers. The question of, which is also the title of, The Great Lake Swimmers’ song “Where In The World Are You?” is a questions as large as any we are asking today, and in may ways, begs for others to sit in the question with the askers, as opposed to asking for hasty answer. How is it that we sit in this question? How does your life ask this question? And then maybe, just maybe, someday, we can begin to answer the question “Where In The World Are You?”

Where In The World Are You?? by The Great Lake Swimmers

I’ve been looking in churches and looking in bars
Thought that I saw you in the oncoming cars
It was your reflection cast off by the light
And into the sky of this dark city night

And I thought that I saw you in the tallest of trees
Swayed back and forth in the mid-autumn breeze
When the leaves reddened and left too
I knew then that it wasn’t you

Where in the world are you now?
Where in the world are you now?
Oh where in the world are you?
Oh where in the world are you?
Where in the world are you now?

And I looked for you there in music and song
‘Cause I thought I could find you there
They were only notes pulled from the air
Not the kind I could read or breathe if I dare

Where in the world are you now?
Where in the world are you now?
Oh where in the world are you?
Oh where in the world are you?
Where in the world are you now?