Thursday, July 07, 2005

Imagine (Friday song)

Imagine there's no countries,
It isn't hard to do,
Nothing to kill or die for,
No religion too,
Imagine all the people
living life in peace...
--John Lennon

I don't care if you think it's trite or cliched. I also don't care if you think I should be writing about justice or revenge. If all we can imagine is bloodlust, revenge, war, murder, torture, if we decide that's the default version of humankind, if we don't even try to think about how we can live peacefully, then we remain stuck in senseless violence (is that redundant? probably depends on how you define "senseless" and "violent"). Please understand that I have no sympathy for violent acts, whether those acts involve blowing up London buses and trains and the people thereon, or whether those acts involve blowing up innocent civilians elsewhere (in Iraq, for example, just to pick a place at random), or whether those acts involve torture or false imprisonment or inhumane treatment. I don't give a flying fuck who's doing it--it's wrong.

Ah, fuck, I keep writing bits and erasing them. Go listen to John. Go try to enact John's words today, even if only for a little while. Try to share that vision with someone else, especially someone who's annoying the fuck out of you right now. It will not have any direct effect on the people in London. It will not bring back to life or health a single person who was killed or hurt today. But it's better than adding to the violence, and that's the best I can offer.


Blogger landismom said...

Right on.

9:56 PM  

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