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#MusicMonday ~ When will we ever learn?

Hello out there in the blogosphere, how are you doing? I hope life is treating you well and that you are lucky to live in a peaceful country. But if you live in a country blighted by war know my heart and prayers are with you.

video credit: Edwin Starr via InnerMusicLove on YouTube
…(War) h’uh
Yeah!
(What is it good for?)
Absolutely (nothin) uh-huh, uh-huh
(War) h’uh
Yeah!
(What is it good for?)
Absolutely (nothin’)
Say it again, y’all
(War) h’uh (h’uh) look out!
(What is it good for?)
Absolutely (nothin’)
Listen to me … via MetroLyrics

Today is Remembrance Day in the UK. At 11 the country observed a 2-minute silence to remember all those who gave their lives for their countries freedom.

I have to admit the older I get the more I have a problem with this tradition. For me it is very important to remember those who died in previous and ongoing conflicts, however, I believe that this “they are hero’s attitude” is hypocritic.

Soldiers give their lives and when they come home and suffer from the effects the violence they had to participate in give them they do not get the help they need. Also, I believe most violent conflicts could be prevented in the first place if people, countries and politicians would do something. Remember the Yazidis fleeing the so-called Islamic State in 2014? Every single western country looked on and with not doing anything allowed the extremists to take over more and more land and inflame the crisis in Syria even more. Our value of peace is only applied if our countries and politicians win anything from it. That is not right!

I believe in Jesus’s rule to turn the other cheek even though I am very aware of how difficult this is. I am fully aware that if I am attacked and have a weapon I would probably use it. But this way we only put oil on the flames of conflicts. If we do not want war then we should not even think of war as I wrote in 2012:

If you do NOT want war… by Bee Halton

Dedicated to Wolfgang Borchert & Dietrich Bonhoeffer

If you do NOT want war ~ don’t think war

If you do NOT want war ~ don’t talk war

If you do NOT want war ~ don’t teach war

If you do NOT want war ~ don’t allow war games

If you do NOT want war ~ don’t allow war toys

If you do NOT want war ~ don’t produce war games

If you do NOT want war ~ don’t produce war toys

If you do NOT want war ~ don’t produce weapons

If you do NOT want war ~ don’t train soldiers

If you do NOT want war ~ don’t solve conflicts with war

If you do NOT want war ~ do not do war!

But do you really not want WAR?

Do we really NOT want war? That is a question every one of us should ask ourselves. Let’s be honest with ourselves and start where we are when it comes to aggression in ourselves. It’s hard I know. But we can only begin with ourselves. And in my opinion, peace is only possible if we accept that we are an inherently aggressive species. If we accept that then we can find ways to overcome the aggression in ourselves but also war as a whole. Maybe we should learn from the Vulcans 🙂 .

One song that inspired the anti-war movement in Germany after the war is Pete Seegers “Where have all the flowers gone” which Marlene Dietrich and many others famously sang. What goes around comes around is the message I see in the cycle between flowers and graves. And if we allow ourselves to have a look at experiences of war outside of the hero adoration then we realise that no one wins in a war.

Germany still has to deal with its war mongering years in both World Wars. Northern Ireland still suffers from their violent conflict over being part of the United Kingdom. It never ends as long as we see War as something heroic and important to do. I believe it is time to make a memorial to all those who refused to go to war. I believe it is time to have a remembrance day to all those who went to prison or worse to stay true to their value of non-violence. I believe it is time to teach peace, co-operation and tolerance and no we are not doing it yet. We are doing a bad job of it because otherwise there wouldn’t be constant shootings in the United States, there would not be any war anywhere in the world and there wouldn’t be politicians who were allowed to use inflammatory language.

So when will we ever learn??????

video credit: Pete Seeger via Spadecaller on YouTube

Pete Seeger: Where have all the Flowers gone via Genius Lyrics

Where have all the flowers gone, long time passing?
Where have all the flowers gone, long time ago?
Where have all the flowers gone?
Young girls have picked them everyone
Oh, when will they ever learn?
Oh, when will they ever learn?

Where have all the young girls gone, long time passing?
Where have all the young girls gone, long time ago?
Where have all the young girls gone?
Gone for husbands everyone
Oh, when will they ever learn?
Oh, when will they ever learn?

Where have all the husbands gone, long time passing?
Where have all the husbands gone, long time ago?
Where have all the husbands gone?
Gone for soldiers everyone
Oh, when will they ever learn?
Oh, when will they ever learn?

Where have all the soldiers gone, long time passing?
Where have all the soldiers gone, long time ago?
Where have all the soldiers gone?
Gone to graveyards, everyone
Oh, when will they ever learn?
Oh, when will they ever learn?

War ~ Edwin Starr Lyrics via MetroLyrics

4 thoughts on “#MusicMonday ~ When will we ever learn?

  1. Very well said, my friend. And like you, I often think of this song, “Where Have All the Flowers Gone” when I think of the world today. I still honour our veterans, both living and dead, for they only did what they believed to be their duty, to fight a war that was started by politicians who never had to get their hands dirty. When will we ever learn? The answer, my friend, is blowing in the wind. 🙋

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    1. That is my problem with this day. To me their sacrifice needs to be remembered but they are as much victims of politicians greed than civilians in my opinion. They sacrifice everything and then don’t get the help they need. That is utterly outrageous in my opinion. And it will get worse I suspect when climate change seriously hits. My step mum went to Cyprus some years ago. Her tour guide said both Greeks and Turkish were fine until politicians inflamed everybody. Same thing in the US and UK now. But I still think times are achanging. Maybe we should listen more to the wind. 🙃🙋‍♀️🐝

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