There’s so many different worlds,
So many different suns.
And we have just one world,
But we live in different ones.
— Mark Knopfler, Dire Straits – Brothers in Arms
These words are so powerful. They belong to one of my favorite songs, sung by Dire Straits.
As I listen I imagine looking out at the countless planets and stars and I wonder how many inhabited worlds there might be. I then think of the inhabitants of this world and I’m reminded of a saying in Spanish: “Cada cabeza es un mundo”, which means “Every mind is a world”.
Infinite distances can exist between the worlds in these heads though they may be physically close in proximity. I am constantly saddened that there has to be so much misunderstanding and fighting in the world we share.
I think there are double meanings in the song which make the lyrics even more powerful. For example, “so many different suns” could just as easily be rendered “so many different sons”—the brothers in arms who find themselves on both sides of a conflict. And at the same time they are all brothers.
We are fools to make war
On our brothers in arms