"You know, if you feel like shit, and uh, if you feel like your existence is just hopeless… maybe just a fucking stain. Help somebody, it works every time. Trust me. Trust me. Trust me.”
- Eddie Vedder
At Pearl Jam’s March 17, 1994 concert in West Lafayette, Indiana at Purdue University’s Elliot Hall, Eddie Vedder said that the “holy no” in the song, Dissident refers to date rape.
The way I look at it is this. On average, we have maybe 50 to 60 years on the planet. And we probably have 20 years when we’re a vital presence, when you can actually do something with your life. So what are you going to do with that time? Are you gonna enjoy it, not get involved? Or are you gonna try and do something to make some other peoples’ lives better than they are, even if it means going through hell? Even if those people don’t even appreciate what you’re trying to do. Even if you’re not sure yourself that what you’re doing is going to make any bit of difference.
I go through cycles thinking about this. I mean, what do you have to do to remind people that one of the best things you could hear in this life is the laughter of a child? I’m always trying to understand what’s happening in the world … when it comes down to it, you can’t turn your back on what’s happening. You have to do something. Jesus knows, it’s tough, because you never really know if what you’re doing is going to have any effect. But what’s the alternative? You walk away, pretend it’s not happening? Can’t be done.