Minute Meditation: When Philosophy and Religion “Meet” with Classic Rock Music — Fleetwood Mac’s Song “Landslide” (1975)

Stevie Nicks of Fleetwood Mac


In Fleetwood Mac’s song “Landslide,” which was written and sung by Stevie Nicks, she became rather “philosophical” about what time does to human beings. She wrote, for example,
“Well, I’ve been afraid of changing ’cause I’ve built my life around you. But time makes you bolder, even children get older. And I’m getting older, too. Oh, I’m getting older, too .”
The song is 47 years old, yet Stevie is right! Time will “carve lines” on the human body, especially in the face, around the eyes, on the forehead and in the neck. Even teenagers, while they may take some measure of comfort in their youth, should make no mistake about this existential fact: The young, right now, at this very moment, are getting old! Time “robs” people of their youth. It does that to everybody, “children too.”
However, instead of fleeing in denial from that fact of aging, it must be “embraced” and realistically faced. While human beings still have time, they are challenged by time to make the most of their lives, to find some kind of meaning and purpose in living, hopefully becoming “bolder,” not timid, as they age.

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