Song 145 – Change The World

By May 28, 2018Songs

The music for this Song was not used as the music for a Psalm. It is one of my idealistic songs, like Song 081 – Vision, Song 090 – Deseret, and Song 100 – Zion. As I say in Verse 1 of this song: “All I want to do is change the world, To make a better place for boys and girls, Especially for my children and their kids, A safe place for them to grow and find their roots.” I love geology and the patterns which are formed by geology. I envision geology extending out of the ground, with space-frame technologies creating the framework, creating the cities of the future. I can see housing units along this framework, with weather proof places for trees, flowers, and birds. Cedar City is one of about 500 cities patterned after Joseph Smith’s City of Zion, with the grid framework providing a 2-D framework for living and nature. I imagine infinitely more complex 3-D environments, which are simple in the sense the cities grown out of existing geology. It only works if people are righteous. Computer networks and communication technologies can be used to model, predict, and protect inhabitants from evil. Sunrise and sunset sweeping across the city with extensive views of painted clouds, positioned to enhance each season. As President Benson taught: “The Lord works from the inside, out. The world works from the outside, in. The world would take people out of the slums. Christ takes the slums out of the people, and then they take themselves out of the slums. The world would mold men by changing their environment. Christ changes men, who then change their environment. The world would shape human behavior, but Christ can change human nature.” I like to think my ideas and vision for changing the world are not of the world, but of Christ. That the new city framework will provide a way for people to take themselves out of the slums. That working together, the community will lift each other to the Savior, who will change the nature and desires of all the citizens. I admit, I’m utopian. I also know all utopian experiments have failed. I like to believe because I was changed when I found my Savior (Song 087 – The First Prayer), I can change the environment to reflect this change in my life. I am very much attracted to the architectural and urban planning concepts promoted by Paleo Solari, which is why I selected captures from his book, Archology – The City in The Image of Man, for the image and extended image for this song.

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