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Song Released: 1990

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    Jul 22nd, 2011 7:55am report

    This song describes how the world looks so perfect and wonderful from far away (a distance). On the avareage, there is no suffering and war and disease, because there are enough people that are happy and well to cancel out the bad. But at the end, the lyrics state that God watches us from a distance. He only sees the good and perfect. This means that humans can see the pain and suffering and ugly of the world, not God. This means that humans must alleviate pain and help others. Not sit back and wait for God to take care of things for us.


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    Aug 23rd, 2011 8:24am report

    It simply means that God sees things through His eyes where love and peace exist. It means that He wants to restore things to how they appear from a distance.


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    Jun 4th, 2018 6:29pm report

    Looking at anything from afar can show another angle; more possibilities become clear, and like in this song, it can fuel our eternal hope for peace. But up close, we see the dark reality of what we actually do and don't do. So lets get to bringing peace, eradication wars, and saving each other, and our planet. I happen to like the image of the god we have created being one that watches from far off. It has the dual effect of feeling we are being watched over in a caring way, and at the same time It reminds us that it is our job to create peace and live in respect of all creatures big and small.


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    Apr 17th, 2018 4:24pm report

    In human eyes from a distance the world is beautiful, no pain, no suffering, but from a distance god is watching us.


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    Mar 9th, 2016 3:59am report

    I think the interpretation is two dimensional. The traditional God of religion does not perceive us through lens of reality -- our humanity is betrayed by the idealism of that creation. It is anti-human. Philosophically, the symbolic God which is a representation of the best, healthiest potentials which lie within each human is a place where idealism is a future of hope -- what can be. The future is a place where potential can be realized and it is a distant horizon. It is a place where all we hope and dream and truly share in common in each human bosom by our very nature can become truth. It is the balanced edge of the two potentials -- to be buried in what may seem safer and more defined falsehoods or to be open to seeing reality with unflinching rawness and hope for what can be in spite of what is.


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    Feb 28th, 2016 2:32pm report

    The song means that god is unable or unwiling to concern himself with human suffering and that the world is only a good place if you view it blindly from a distance as god does.


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    Mar 4th, 2011 3:23am report

    this also is a two fold answer . 1st it seems to say that from far away we are all the same and it's not til we get closer do our discriminations come apparent. to God looking down on the earth , He doesn't see race. He doesn't see sin nor rich or poor . He sees His children who all have a chance to ask for forgiveness and gain salvation. the hungry, the poor, the sick and more will all be savedif they offer the suffering up to Him.

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