Hey y'all! Happy Monday! Today's song is one that I've been listening to over and over again lately. The state of the world is pretty scary, especially when you're raising kids. The future leaders of the world. They're the ones inheriting all of our mistakes and all of our triumphs. It's so hard to look at my kids and see them as adults, but that's the end goal, right? I want my kids to grow up to be capable, kind and compassionate adults. This song helps to remind me of what kind of adults I hope to raise and what kinds of things I need to keep an eye out for as they grow up. It's my job to remember where the love really is. =) As a transracial family, I know we have questions, struggles and amazing experiences in store for us. We don't just have a son; we're raising a black man in a "post racial" America. Though I do think I'm a tiny bit ahead of the game. One of Stephen's co-workers said recently that when you're a mother raising a black son, they always have to think that you're a little bit crazy. Um...check! This advice came with a story of how she saw her son at the mall sagging his pants, which he is expressly forbidden to do. So his mom came up behind him, pants him in front of all of his friends and calmly asked him if they were low enough now. I totally want to be her when I grow up. =)

The Black Eyed Peas - Where Is The Love?

"What's wrong with the world, mama People livin' like they ain't got no mamas I think the whole world addicted to the drama Only attracted to things that'll bring you trauma Overseas, yeah, we try to stop terrorism But we still got terrorists here livin' In the USA, the big CIA The Bloods and The Crips and the KKK But if you only have love for your own race Then you only leave space to discriminate And to discriminate only generates hate And when you hate then you're bound to get irate, yeah Badness is what you demonstrate And that's exactly how anger works and operates Now, you gotta have love just to set it straight Take control of your mind and meditate Let your soul gravitate to the love, y'all, y'all

People killin', people dyin' Children hurt can you hear them cryin'? Can you practice what you preach? And would you turn the other cheek?

Father, Father, Father help us Send us some guidance from above 'Cause people got me, got me questionin' Where is the love? (Love)

Where is the love? (The love) Where is the love? (The love) Where is the love? The love, the love

It just ain't the same, always unchanged New days are strange, is the world insane? If love and peace is so strong Why are there pieces of love that don't belong Nations droppin' bombs Chemical gasses fillin' lungs of little ones With the ongoin' sufferin' as the youth die young So ask yourself is the lovin' really gone So I can ask myself really what is goin' wrong In this world that we livin' in people keep on givin' in Makin' wrong decisions, only visions of them dividends Not respectin' each other, deny thy brother A war is goin' on but the reason's undercover The truth is kept secret, it's swept under the rug If you never know truth then you never know love Where's the love, y'all, come on (I don't know) Where's the truth, y'all, come on (I don't know) Where's the love, y'all( come on yeah)

People killin', people dyin' Children hurt and you hear them cryin' Can you practice what you preach And would you turn the other cheek

Father, Father, Father help us Send us some guidance from above 'Cause people got me, got me questionin' Where is the love (Love)

Where is the love (The love) Where is the love (The love) Where is the love The love, the love

I feel the weight of the world on my shoulder As I'm gettin' older, y'all, people gets colder Most of us only care about money makin' Selfishness got us followin' the wrong direction Wrong information always shown by the media Negative images, it's the main criteria Infecting the young minds faster than bacteria Kids want to act like what they see in the cinema Yo', whatever happened to the values of humanity Whatever happened to the fairness in equality Instead in spreading love we're spreading animosity Lack of understanding, leading lives away from unity That's the reason why sometimes I'm feelin' under That's the reason why sometimes I'm feelin' down There's no wonder why sometimes I'm feelin' under Gotta keep my faith alive till love is found now ask yourself

People killin', people dyin' Children hurt and you hear them cryin' Can you practice what you preach And would you turn the other cheek

Father, Father, Father help us Send us some guidance from above 'Cause people got me, got me questionin' Where is the love (Love)

Sing with me, y'all

(one world one world) We only got (one world one world) That's all we got (one world one world) And somethings wrong with it (yeah) And somethings wrong with it (yeah) And somethings wrong with the w-w-world yeah We only got (one world one world) That's all we got (one world one world)"

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