What does From a Distance mean?

Bette Midler: From a Distance Meaning

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Song Released: 1990

From a Distance Lyrics

From A Distance"

From a distance the world looks blue and green,
and the snow-capped mountains white.
From a distance the ocean meets the stream,
and the eagle takes to flight.

From a distance, there is harmony,
and it echoes through...


    #1 top rated interpretation:
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    Aug 23rd 2011 !⃝

    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.


    #2 top rated interpretation:
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    Jul 22nd 2011 !⃝

    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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    Mar 4th 2011 !⃝

    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.

  4. anonymous
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    Jun 23rd !⃝

    I've never quite understood why some people find this song to be so uplifting because if we ignore the lack of evidence that any proposed god exists and give the song the benefit of the doubt that there is one, there's nothing in the song about this god loving us or caring about what happens to us because he's apparently so far removed from what we're going through that he can't be bothered to care.

    What's even stranger is that this song is written from a Christian perspective and comes to the conclusion that God's not going to help you because he's not worried enough to intervene, so we're all on our own. Isn't that great?

  5. anonymous
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    Dec 7th 2023 !⃝

    Anyone can interpret this song with their own biases and to fit their own worldviews and theologies. To give justice to the song, we have to hear from the lyricist. Wikipedia said, Julie Gold believed that God is immanent and benevolent. That means the lyricist and I shared the belief that God came down to Earth and created our beautiful world, Adam and Eve personally. Man sinned and all miseries started. It was not God's purpose for humanity to suffer but still God provides for our needs. God came down again and through the cross save us from penalty of sin which is death. Julie Gold penned that God is with us, watching from a distance and ready to help. Heaven and the New Earth that God will soon create is also seen from a bird's eye view.

  6. anonymous
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    Mar 12th 2023 !⃝

    I can only hear that God thinks everything in the world is fine because he's watching us from a distance and cant see the pain and suffering.

  7. anonymous
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    Jan 27th 2023 !⃝

    We all know there is so much that is going wrong with civilisation because we are so close to it and we see it daily.
    We don't want to know about the problems so WE pretend to be 'watching from a distance'

  8. anonymous
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    Nov 20th 2022 !⃝

    It's funny how some people are interpretating the song as delusional to a person who only sees from a distance,but in reality,when you(and I mean you

  9. anonymous
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    Nov 12th 2022 !⃝

    I find this song annoying. It seems to implore us to squint when we look at the world so as not to see reality.
    When I listen to the song I see "God" sitting on a couch eating bonbons, saying 'You're fine! Stop bothering me!'
    Musically, the song is beautiful, especially when Bette sings it, just don't listen to the words.

  10. anonymous
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    Jun 16th 2022 !⃝

    this is a song about our need for the Divine in our daily lives which is missing since we've turned against him all the way back to Early times and culminating in the destruction of the temple in Jerusalem he withdrew himself or herself from our presence but is still watching over us and is very interested and intervenes as needed but from a distance their used to be a piece of God in all of us and we could commune with him in various ways and now that's been withdrawn so that very few have that privilege but he still watches us but not within us.

  11. anonymous
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    Jan 6th 2021 !⃝

    The song is sung beautifully by Ms. Midler, and it is beautiful musicaly. However the lyrics should either be taken satirically or one must be horrified!

    Yes from a distance everything looks perfect...grass is always greener. But to live one's life with such a mindset is delusional and self deceptive. Looking from means you are a part of the problem, not the solution.

    I was horrified when the senior class council voted this song as the "song of the year" and it was played at commencement (way back in '99).

    I refuse to look from a distance. Show me the issues, let me see it all...so I can be a part of the solution.

  12. anonymous
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    Dec 30th 2020 !⃝

    This song is a subtle deception. It doesn’t deny the existence of God but He seems powerless or unconcerned of what are happening on earth. The truth is God came to the world and dwelt among us, John 1:14

  13. anonymous
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    Apr 8th 2020 !⃝

    The world from a distance looks good and everything looks harmoniously cool yet its the opposit. God who is all knowing gives human the opportunity to make the world what they want but he watches from a distance coz he willjudge everyone for their actions,
    at the end.

  14. anonymous
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    Mar 31st 2020 !⃝

    Dumb song...everybody thinks its beautiful
    But listen to the words. Its like God is completely seperate from us and doesn't intervene at all. We have free will, but God does intervene and he is right here always.People are stupid and don't even listen to what the words are saying.

  15. anonymous
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    Jun 4th 2018 !⃝

    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.

  16. anonymous
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    Apr 17th 2018 !⃝

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

  17. anonymous
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    Mar 9th 2016 !⃝

    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.

  18. anonymous
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    Feb 28th 2016 !⃝

    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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