As a History teacher I sometimes have the difficult job of teaching my students about the current state of the world as part of our Modern History course. I see their expressions change and their faces drop when they make that switch from ignorant to informed and I hate the thought of them having to worry or be concerned about what may come in the future. It’s a difficult job because I feel in part that learning about the current state of our world makes them grow up a little and takes away some of their innocence – it’s almost as though I’m that awful kid at school who tells you Santa isn’t real. Although it’s difficult, it’s a necessary job. With the recent attack in Paris flashing on my news tonight, I thought these lyrics by Ed Sheeran were particularly important.
Ain’t got a soapbox I can stand upon
But God gave me a stage, a guitar and a song
My daddy told me, “son, don’t you get involved in
Politics, religions or other people’s quotes”I’ll paint the picture, let me set the scene
I know when I have children they will know what it means
And I pass on these things my family’s given to me
Just love and understanding, positivityWe could change this whole world with a pianoAdd a bass, some guitar, grab a beat and away we goI’m just a boy with a one-man showNo university, no degree, but lord knowsEverybody’s talking ’bout exponential growthAnd the stock market crashing in their portfoliosWhile I’ll be sitting here with a song that I wroteSing, love could change the world in a momentBut what do I know?Love can change the world in a momentBut what do I know?