As the first night of Passover approaches, I have been thinking about how to bring meaning to the Holiday. The Passover Seder recounts the story of the Jewish people's Exodus from Egypt. Importantly, it is also an annual ritual for reaffirming core values and transmitting these values from one generation to the next.
On the traditional interpretation, the moral of the Exodus story is that slavery is evil. This moral conveniently allows us to do nothing but gratefully savor life in a free country. However, if the Exodus story is about hard, harsh labor and Egyptians who deserve to be stripped, then we have work to do.
Retro-cycles are now a normal part of pop culture and have been for sometime. It is well documented that it's traced to the emergence of 1950's youth culture and their post WWII expendable income. You wait 20 years and there it is again. Lately Tupac and Kurt Cobian are commonplace, but you see that already.
Today, some people embrace the literal meaning of "The Exodus Song." People believe stories, whether they're true or not. They have undeniable explanatory appeal. "The Exodus Song" tells one helluva powerful origin story. That's why the 11-year-old in me wants to keep singing it. But a fable is not a fix.