We Are Creatures of a Higher Order

I’ve long been a fan of Leonard Cohen, and have found myself listening to a lot of his music lately.  I’d be hard put to pick a favorite, but one that sticks in my mind is his If It Be Your Will.

Cohen introduced the song at a life performance in 1985 with these words, words it is good for us to remember in these times:

I don’t know which side everybody’s on any more, and …I don’t really care. There is a moment when we have to transcend the side we’re on and understand that we are creatures of a higher order. It doesn’t mean that I don’t wish you courage in your struggle. There is on both sides of this struggle men of good will. That is important to remember… on both sides of this struggle. Some struggling for freedom, some struggling for safety. In solemn testimony of that unbroken faith which binds a generation one to another, I sing this song: “If it be your will”.

Here is the song:

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