Wednesday, July 19, 2006

California

I was driving to work this morning, thinking about the turmoil that is rolling across the middle east like a large grass fire, and listening to an old song, "California" being sung by Joni Mitchell.

"....Sitting in a park in Paris, France
Reading the news and it sure looks bad
They won't give peace a chance
That was just a dream some of us had ......"

I started think about where I was as a young high school student when that song came out, and still, they still won't give peace a chance.

But I will not give up the dream, no matter how dark it looks in the world, no matter how cruelly people and nations treat each other.....will you? Because if we give up the dream, what do we have left?

So sing on, write on, keep breathing, chant, fight for truth and justice, because some days, it just doesn't come easy.

42 Comments:

At 3:32 PM, Anonymous earl bockenfeld said...

“Looking for peace is like looking for a turtle with a mustache: You won't be able to find it. But when your heart is ready, peace will come looking for you.”--Ajahn Chah

“Peace is not a relationship of nations. It is a condition of mind brought about by a serenity of soul. Peace is not merely the absence of war. It is also a state of mind. Lasting peace can come only to peaceful people.”--Nehru

“I do not want the peace which passeth understanding, I want the understanding which bringeth peace.”
--Helen Keller

“I am not only a pacifist but a militant pacifist. I am willing to fight for peace. Nothing will end war unless the people themselves refuse to go to war.”--Albert Einstein

 
At 4:55 PM, Blogger John Good said...

The song that always comes to mind for me is "Imagine" by John Lennon,
particularly "Nothing to kill or die for, and no religion too".
Remember the WKRP episode involving that? It was the start of my awareness. . .I know, I'm a pup. ;)

 
At 7:10 PM, Blogger PTCruiser said...

Great example, John. Love that song as well. Peace, brothers and sisters.

 
At 7:20 PM, Blogger fallenmonk said...

Peace is a worthy goal both personally and for society as a whole and is surely worth "fighting" for. Both are desired for completeness. Both are very difficult. From what I have read of your visitor's comments we all seem to have similar goals and dreams. I am glad to be in all your company.

 
At 7:25 PM, Blogger betmo said...

and if we all stand together we can run the warmongers out of town. i have hope.

 
At 7:33 PM, Blogger Rory Shock said...

right on

 
At 7:34 PM, Blogger Neil Shakespeare said...

Yeah, same old same old. But thanks for putting that song in my head! Cool song.

 
At 7:37 PM, Blogger Lew Scannon said...

Not only a Joni Mitchell reference, but a John Lennon and Ringo Starr reference as well. Kudos!

 
At 8:14 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

inspring post and inspiring comments. foolish, maybe. naive, maybe. but still inspiring.

 
At 8:30 PM, Anonymous caveman said...

While I was in my Truck..listning to a war song..thinking...when are we going to kill all terrorist that want to kill us peacful people...then I can finaly sit down enjoy my baby back ribs and beer..no worries..siggghhh..one day .one day

 
At 4:31 AM, Blogger WeezieLou said...

abu ghraib has taught us that it's hard to identify who is and who isn't a terrorist. and haditha has taught us that we, too, can be terrorists. cavemena, those ribs and beer may be a long time coming.

 
At 5:07 AM, Blogger Mary said...

No we can't give up. Sooner or later it will catch on.

 
At 5:17 AM, Blogger Sothis said...

Would be wonderful. I just don't think it will ever happen. As long as there are people out there who want power for the sake of having power and the desire to control, there will never be peace.

 
At 7:02 AM, Blogger glenda said...

Theese are all interesting commments. I do not agree with you, cavemann, but you know that as you are a genocidal freak.
Others, pardon my outburst, but he advocates killing babies to get rid of future terrorists.

love Imagine....thanks for the cross-inspiration.

 
At 9:55 AM, Blogger eProf2 said...

Peace is soooo elusive and war and violence soooo easy. The human condition is soooo backward and upside down. Yet, we can't give up, we'd never forgive ourselves for trying.

 
At 12:33 AM, Anonymous earl bockenfeld said...

I like "California" as sung by Joni Mitchell, but my favorite is Suzanne as sung by Judy Collins. Some of the lyrics:

Now Suzanne takes your hand
And she leads you to the river
She is wearing rags and feathers
From Salvation Army counters
And the sun pours down like honey
On our lady of the harbour
And she shows you where to look
Among the garbage and the flowers
There are heroes in the seaweed
There are children in the morning
They are leaning out for love
And they will lean that way forever

Some moving quotes about peace.

What difference does it make to the dead, the orphans, and the homeless, whether the mad destruction is wrought under the name of totalitarianism or the holy name of liberty and democracy?

- Gandhi

"What a cruel thing is war: to separate and destroy families and friends, and mar the purest joys and happiness God has granted us in this world; to fill our hearts with hatred instead of love for our neighbors, and to devastate the fair face of this beautiful world."

Robert E. Lee, letter to his wife, 1864

 
At 6:21 AM, Blogger glenda said...

I've seen judy collins in concert several times. She was an outstanding performer, but I love the bluesy, jazzy addition, plus the complicated psychological spin that Joni places on the her tunes. Judy is more of a straightforward folksinger...nothing wrong with that, just a matter of taste.

 
At 7:05 AM, Blogger DivaJood said...

When Leonard Cohen sings his song, Suzanne, it becomes a prayer. But Glenda, I've been humming "California" since we invaded Iraq. Just won't leave my head.

 
At 7:09 AM, Blogger bluegrrrrl said...

Great songs and quotes! I'm putting together a compilation CD of Peace songs for my niece, who took the bold step of registering Democratic and getting a Peace tattoo (she lives in quite a conservative, Bush-loving Republican family). I've added many of the songs mentioned on the CD. Wish I had Joni Mitchell's California!

 
At 8:58 AM, Anonymous Adorable Girlfriend said...

You guys are so great here at Glenda's place. I love reading words of peace on a regular basis. And now I have songs to sing too.

 
At 10:03 AM, Blogger glenda said...

bluegrrrrl, I believe there was a post in the forums at The Blue Rpeublic with lists of anti-war music contributed by many.....

 
At 12:36 PM, Blogger dusty said...

Joni's song came out during our last worthless war..thanks for reminding me of it.

 
At 5:16 PM, Anonymous Pekka said...

Just wishing that some of those countless of millions of anti-Americans would stumble on this site and these wonderful comments. Too bad that, "the voice of America" is coming from this bunch of fascists that are occupying The White House. Remove them, please!

 
At 9:10 PM, Blogger glenda said...

Yes, dusty, it did.
Lots of good antiwr songs from that era.
Hi, pekka. Thanks! I'll have them removed as soon as possible.

 
At 12:23 AM, Blogger sumo said...

There's many cool songs like that from the good old days...all unique in their own way. Joni Mitchell does have a special place though. Musn't forget Joan Baez...

 
At 4:45 PM, Blogger glenda said...

true. true.

 
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