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The Donner Party of the Old West and the Rodney King Los Angeles Riot may seem to have little in common, but they are united by the depravity produced by despair.

" And find it hard to see my noble face" was finding my initial disgust much harder to come by once I, like the doctor in Asylumthink, put myself in their place.  Imagining myself on those streetcorners or snowdrifts crushed my conceit. Would I have behaved differently? I think so, but cannot know for certain.

Which brought me back to the idea in Marionette Minuet, that without the grace of God alive in me, where would the strength have come from to resist the pressures of these situations? This realization has not changed my view of the actions, but it certainly has changed my view of the people.

"No connection" plays this near rhyme as a hint that the similarity may be greater than it at first appears.

"California dreams gone nightmare" is the connection of location, the land of dreams where fortunes were and are to be made. And disasters.

"A day late going nowhere". If the Donner Party had gone through the pass one day sooner, they'd have escaped the snowstorm that closed the trail. In LA., the riots came from people left behind who saw the gap far more clearly after the verdict than they had the day before.

"Feeding on each other's despair" was all too literal for the Donner Party. For LA., the riots were primarily victims destroying victims, a catastrophe in response to a disaster.

"Through the old see into the new" is a call to learn something about the LA. Riot from the experiences of the Donner Party.

"For one men died to break through" is the fact that the two Indians who came with Stanton as guides were killed and eaten, and that people formed rescue parties and risked their lives to go into the mountains to save the remaining members of the Donner Party.

"For the other...." is an unfinished question as to how great a sacrifice is being made to 'rescue' those in LA. from the despair that sparked the riot. People risked death to save 46 people, and felt that failure to take the risk would be to dishonor themselves for all time.

Today, is the same level of effort and courage being exerted for thousands?


People in despair sometimes throw off their sensibilities and fall into depravity.  This song is about people in extreme circumstances, but there are other causes of such despair.  The rioters in LA preyed upon their own community.  The predatory nature of depravity became hideously literal for the Donner Party.

In the context of Performers, these are the people who are too slow learning the new song to play for the dancers.


A whole person is able to see things in a larger context, and to see through situations to the causes.  This wisdom often will change your initial reactions to things.  It also allows you to distinguish between a reprehensible deed and a human being Jesus came to redeem.  A whole person does not allow circumstances to dictate their behavior, but rather places their faith in God to carry them though their trials.

A whole person is able to look beyond their selfish interests, and has the courage to help those in need.  Nor is a trip to California required to find such people.  Look around you.

 
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