The Julie Gold song made popular by Nanci Griffith and, I guess, Bette Midler is generally seen as peace anthem.

But I'm nagged by a sense that it may instead be a sly indictment of God.

Sure, from a distance, everything looks great. The world looks green and blue and there are no wars, there is no disease, no poverty.

And from where does God see Earth? From a distance.

The song reminds us in chorus that God is watching us, God is watching us. From a distance.

Which explains a lot about why God does not step in to end poverty, disease and war. From a distance, everything looks fine.

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