Roger Waters, the co-founder and previous bassist/vocalist of Pink Floyd, has reminisced about his childhood and unveiled the most special advice he took from his mother when he was 13 years old, which affected his whole life.
During the latest interview he gave to Matt Taibbi and Katie Halper on Rolling Stone’s Useful Idiots podcast, the legendary musician and a renowned activist, Roger Waters, opened up about his mother’s legacy which was carried by him throughout his whole life.
Amid the conversation about the politics and the global social injustices, Waters came up with a story that determined his perspective since he was a little kid. He recalled that one day when he was a child, trying to figure out a problem, his mother came to him said as he grows up, he will come across several things where he has to make decisions about.
In those particular moments, she said, he has to look at the situation from all sides, listen to all possible opinions on it, do as many researches as he can until he really feels he grasps it.
Then, his mother said, when all the hard work is done, he would be ready to do the right thing. Stemming from his mother’s priceless advice, Waters said there’s always a right thing to do in any case. As each of us begins to do the right thing, then we’ll start looking after one another, he explained. Waters stated that’s what community is.
Here’s what Roger Waters said about his mother during the interview:
“When I was 13, I guess, my mom one day said to me, we were talking about something I was having a problem figuring out. She said, ‘As you grow up in life you often gonna come across things where you have to make decisions about things which may be complicated, complex, all kinds of different things.
When you do and you find yourself wrestling with something, if you take my advice, you would look at it from all sides, listen to all possible opinions on it, do as many researches as you can until you really feel you grasp it. After that, your work is done, all hard work is done. You’ll just do the right thing.’”
“Thanks, mom. I mean I’m joking, she’s been dead for ten years. What an amazing gift. Because you can’t get rid of it. There’s always the right thing. If we can get more of us to do the right thing, then we’ll start looking after one another.
We’ll begin to have something that might be called community. Because that’s what community is, looking after the most vulnerable of us, really, properly looking after them. For that, you need to stop spending all the money on weapons.”
You can check out the full conversation below.