A “way out” is something  you may dream about. Not so few people have done so. One who did this was probably Bob Dylan, which is expressed through one of his songs.

The text is not hard to find on the web:

Joker&Thief sep

“..said the joker to the thief”

“..Businessmen, they drink my wine, plowmen dig my earth,
None of them along the line know what any of it is worth.”


Whatever thoughts that are behind these lines , I am first of all interested in one question: What did Dylan experience when he saw such fame and success in the 60 ‘ s ? Was it a feeling of being used for purposes that he couldn’t control ? Is this something that is expressed in the above quoted  “All along the Watchtower” ? (An early version, only sound, no pictures - here)

Later versions of this song, also performed by Dylan, which may be found on YouTube, sometimes give you a resigned impression. As if “the businessmen” took home the game. As if there is no idea to sing the song any longer…  (Listen: from 1994 - here, from 2014 – here)



Romans 8:22  “For we know that the whole creation groaneth and travaileth in pain together until now.”

Who can interpret the groanings of Creation, its pain?

Among those who made an attempt might also be counted professor Tolkien. By engaging in languages,in ancient words, he kind of listened in  a greater story about the marvelous things of old ..





A couple of posts from other bloggers on this topic  12

Said Elihu the son of Barachel the Buzite :
(King James:) “By reason of the multitude of oppressions they make the oppressed to cry: they cry out by reason of the arm of the mighty. But none saith, Where is God my maker, who giveth songs in the night; Who teacheth us more than the beasts of the earth, and maketh us wiser than the fowls of heaven?
(Youngs literal Translation:) “Because of the multitude of oppressions They cause to cry out, They cry because of the arm of the mighty. And none said, `Where [is] God my maker? Giving songs in the night, Teaching us more than the beasts of the earth, Yea, than the fowl of the heavens He maketh us wiser.’
Elihu tillrättavisar Job - Arthur Ackland Hunt

Painting by Arthur Ackland Hunt

   .. or watches?
(“The Septuagint”: ) “They that are oppressed of a multitude will be ready to cry out; they will call for help because of the arm of many. But none said, Where is God that made me, who appoints the night-watches; who makes me to differ from the four-footed beasts of the earth, and from the birds of the sky?
The russian ministry of justice have entered the rights-activist organization “Soldiers mothers of S:t Petersburg” in a register over non-commercial organizations which are judged to be “foreign agents”. RIA-Novosti announce about it with links to the ministry.

The Russian Ministry of Justice

“..in the register -…- have been entered reports about the fund ‘Institute for the development of free information’ and about the regional  rights-activist organization in S:t Petersburg ‘Soldiers mothers of S:t Petersburg’, on the basis of representations made by the Prosecutor in S:t Petersburg“, – it is said in a message.
As is known the Committee for Soldiers Mothers recently  informed actively about the russian soldiers that are fallen or wounded in Ukraine.
According to their information there are about 15 000 russian soldiers fighting in Ukraine, and there are details about 400 fallen or wounded.
(the above according to Ukrainian Pravda , which quotes russian media)


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