you can’t ever make it on your own

This lyric from U2’s newish single really gets my goat:

Sometimes you can’t make it on your own.

Okay, I understand the feel-good-woo-woo-sway-to-the-music rationale behind this line, but nobody can make it on their own.

Not to dampen the party spirit of this sing along jam, but think about the number of people per day who help you to just get out of bed, have breakfast, and put on your clothes. That has to include at least fifty people! The people who made your bedclothes, delivered your outfit to the store where you bought it, made the nails that keep your bed together, packaged your yoghurt, the city workers who keep the water running in your home, and electricity pouring into your alarm clock…actually, that’s probably way more than 50 people.

It’s true, I can’t make it on my own! If I had to set up my own generator, weave all my own clothes from my private cotton plantation, milk my own cows and make my own yoghurt, learn how to build a bed, and understand the intricacies of home plumbing, I’d never get anything else done.

I would think that Bono, of all people, who apparently cares about the manufacturing process behind clothes, would know better.

Well, if it makes you feel any better, what this all means is that (in the form of another pop lyric):

You’re not alone!