What the Ultimate Solution Has Always Been

Sometimes when I think of the challenges that humanity faces, I wonder how we could possibly be strong enough to handle all of that. Seriously, there’s one epidemic after other. And we don’t get to handle them one at a time. No, that would be too easy. Instead, we’re faced with them typically all at once.

Look at the regular and ongoing problems that we’re confronted with on a daily basis. And with how connected humanity is, your problems are my problems. And my problems are your problems. There’s no escaping that.


With how I’ve stated our collective problems, I’ve hinted at what the ultimate solution is.

It’s what the ultimate solution has always been. Divided we fall. United we stand.

Together, we stand a chance of curing the various epidemics gripping our planet. Epidemics including depression, loneliness, and obesity.

Perhaps you thought that in all this, I’ve been referring to COVID-19. Well, I didn’t know about COVID-19 back when I wrote the lyrics below nearly 11 months ago.

I do seek to be encouraging and inspiring in what I write, and it’s worth sharing some quotes here as a reminder of our collective strength. We are built tough, tougher than we can imagine.

“God will not give you more than you can handle. If you face a big challenge, you have a big destiny.”

“God only puts us through as much as we can handle, so the people who struggle the most have been chosen by God to be the strongest ones.”

“They say that God only gives us what we can handle. Apparently God thinks I’m a badass.”

Whatever awaits humanity on the other side of our current crisis could actually be worth all the struggle that we’re going through now. Here’s to our strength, our collective strength.

Enjoy the lyrics. Be of good courage. We’ve got a lot to look forward to and a lot to be grateful for.

“Ultimate Solution” lyrics / poem by James Barnett

Woke up to an epidemic
Sweeps the globe like a pandemic
Seeing bad news all the time
Where is the good news
I’d rather hear that instead
Depression, loneliness, obesity
What other epidemics do we have
I’m sure there’s plenty more
Who’s keeping score
Of all these problems that we’ve got
To rise up and solve
Who’s keeping track
Of the transformations required
For our expanded living

Suicide at the shooting range
Seems that death is all the rage
Another day, another school shooting
Always more death and destruction
It can all be so numbing
What other headlines are there
To shock and sadden
To numb and terrify
It’s much too easy to bury my head in the sand
And hope that all these problems go away
Who am I in the face of it all
What can one person do to turn the tide
Good thing I’m not the only one
Though sometimes it can sure feel that way

These are not small problems that we face
They affect the entire human race
Somehow I wish that weren’t the case
Yet even what affects one of us
Affects all of us
Since we are all so connected
We are all so connected
Standing together we see
The possibility for everyone to win
Many hands make light work
The more that do join in
It only comes together
When we love ourselves and each other
Love makes the world move
It makes the world go round and round again

The ultimate solution is to continually see
That all of humanity
Is our friends and family
We are all one at the most basic level
Everything is energy
We’re made of the same energy
Every problem has a solution
If we would only open our eyes to see
If we would only open our ears to hear
If we would only apply wisdom
Be in the state of flow
And let harmony reign in our lives
Let harmony reign in the Earth
Even epidemics are solvable
Even epidemics can be cured
This can only be done through cooperation
This can only be done if we cooperate


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Until next time,

James Barnett

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