Where hunger is ugly, where souls are forgotten

from Bob Dylan – A Hard Rain's a-Gonna Fall Lyrics on Rap Genius

Meaning

When you open up a newspaper, or read the news on the Web, the first stories are relevant to the economy, or a national event, but, out of ten front page stories, literally half are of wardrobe malfunctions of pop stars, staged to begin with, and provided to the media through their press agents.

Right now, even before the final holocaust, these images of children and starving people, are not unique to the past, but, are similar to a large segment of the world.

Do people realize that just because we gave money to one cause, that ten more crises of starvation and disease have sprouted up, or have never gone away?

Millions of souls in this world, are just flotsam, not our problem, forgotten and ignored, even when we do care. It’s because we feel so uncomfortable, that it is easier to just turn the channel…

It reminds me of the recurring theme in “Les Miserables”(the musical):

“Look down, look down, and see the beggars at your feet
Look down and show some mercy if you can
Look down and see
The sweepings of the streets
Look down, look down,
Upon your fellow man”

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