If everyone cared and nobody cried
If everyone loved and nobody lied
If everyone shared and swallowed their pride
We'd see the day when nobody died
~ Nickelback, If Everyone Cared, 2007
My daughter introduced me to the song â€œIf Everyone Cared," released in early 2007 by Canadian rockers Nickelback. Nominated for a Grammy award in 2008, the song is about hope through caring. The band is donating the proceeds from the song to charity.
The song and video pay tribute to the fact that one person can make a difference in the world. The video is well done. I encourage you to watch and listen. It features footage from humanitarians who have stood for peace.
I applaud the message that one person can change the world. History has proven it. I think of William Wilberforce and his campaign to abolish the slave trade and change the moral ethos of England.
The song resonates with a deeper message, however. It is the message of meaning. Everyone seeks meaning. We are driven by a longing to connect to something bigger and transcendent. It is woven into each of our souls. Many pursue causes in search of meaning. Causes are great. But at the end of the day, they are just causes. Without a greater narrative to connect to, they donâ€™t sustain and they donâ€™t last. They come and go. The concert Live Aid in 1984 is a good example of that. It raised millions and purchased food for thousands of Africans. Yet, world hunger remains.