Don’t Break What You Cannot Fix

There is an old saying that “Ten wise men can not fix what one fool breaks” and it struck me how in these times, important decisions are being made that will have long term repercussions and that will be very hard to repair and undo.

It seems like there is a constant stream of examples where actions are being taken before they are fully thought through to try and address issues and instead of fixing them, making them much worse. e.g. Separating families at the border without keeping track of the kids properly; wrapping the US side of existing border walls with concertina wire transforming US border towns into prison-like settings; bailing out of carbon emission treaties instead of setting an example through our leadership; trying to overturn the Affordable Care Act; reducing taxes on the wealthy etc…

The irony is that the people who are going to be most negatively affected by these policies are precisely the ones who voted for this administration.

The lyrics were intentionally written to be interpreted to be between two lovers, one who is a narcissist bent on destruction. The other is attracted to the display of strength but ultimately when you break what you can not fix, everyone suffers.

Writing this in the late spring of 2020, with every passing month, it feels like more and more of the wrong decisions are being made and the song’s message resonates, unfortunately, stronger than ever.

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