My first thought on seeing this word was the Van Halen song that was so popular back in the 80s, “Jump.” David Lee Roth and Eddie Van Halen made it look fun, and it was full of the optimism and condo-conversion, economic boom, G. Gordon Gekko confidence of that time. I remember it well, and it’s gone, Daddy, gone, as the Violent Femmes used to say. I’m from the early 80s punk era, and I always loved the dark social commentary the punks screamed into our ears, whether we liked it or not.
So, what does Jump mean to me now? I think of Blaise Pascal’s concept of the leap of faith in his ‘Pensees’, taking a chance that the Universe is not truly hostile and bad, so we should try to believe in the good, and live by our morals and values. It’s always a chance, for sure, and it’s easier said than done. At the end of the day it’s a noble ideal, and our world could use some ideals right now. So why not take that leap, that Jump?