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The Times They Are A-Changin’ – Faster Than You Can Possibly Believe

The Times They Are A-Changin’ – Faster Than You Can Possibly Believe

When the European Union opens its borders tomorrow, within the E.U. and to foreign travelers, the United States may not be on the list of countries whose citizens will be allowed to enter. We haven’t controlled the coronavirus to levels of risk considered safe. (China, Uganda, Cuba, Vietnam, yes. The U.S., Russia, Brazil, no.)

The European officials of the 27 countries assembling the lists of who can enter and who can’t insist the lists are based on epidemiological criteria and are non-political.  They are requiring a maximum of new infections over 14 days to be 16 per 100,000 people or less.  The U.S currently reports 107. The lists will be revised every two weeks, so restrictions may ease when the United States can reduce its (currently still increasing) rates of new infections.

One symbolic marker of the massive paradigm shifts we are experiencing, as the rules change and old ways of doing business fall away.

Bob Dylan wrote his iconic and prescient The Times They Are A-Changin’ in 1963; he was 22; the country was going through major upheavals over the civil rights movement, the War in Vietnam,, and the assassination of President John F. Kennedy.

The times they are a-changin’ still, with the disasters of the coronavirus pandemic, renewed protests over racial injustice and economic inequity, the inexorable destruction of the environment. And Dylan’s words are as prescient and relevant as ever.

The Times They Are A-Changin’

Come gather ’round people
Wherever you roam
And admit that the waters
Around you have grown
And accept it that soon
You’ll be drenched to the bone
If your time to you
Is worth savin’
Then you better start swimmin’
Or you’ll sink like a stone
For the times they are a-changin’

Come writers and critics
Who prophesize with your pen
And keep your eyes wide
The chance won’t come again
And don’t speak too soon
For the wheel’s still in spin
And there’s no tellin’ who
That it’s namin’
For the loser now
Will be later to win
For the times they are a-changin’

Come senators, congressmen
Please heed the call
Don’t stand in the doorway
Don’t block up the hall
For he that gets hurt
Will be he who has stalled
There’s a battle outside
And it is ragin’
It’ll soon shake your windows
And rattle your walls
For the times they are a-changin’

Come mothers and fathers
Throughout the land
And don’t criticize
What you can’t understand
Your sons and your daughters
Are beyond your command
Your old road is
Rapidly agin’
Please get out of the new one
If you can’t lend your hand
For the times they are a-changin’

The line it is drawn
The curse it is cast
The slow one now
Will later be fast
As the present now
Will later be past
The order is
Rapidly fadin’
And the first one now
Will later be last
For the times they are a-changin’

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