Tuesday, December 20, 2016

Peace in your mind, peace at home, breathe for peace, dance for peace, make love for peace

Christmas card pic, 2006

Sometimes I feel like screaming, What do they all want? I want to know what They all want -- the Republicans, Assad, the Trumps, the billionaires in his cabinet, all the billionaires, really, the terrorists, the oil people, the companies that manufacture weapons, the people who buy them for "protection," the oil tycoons, the climate deniers, the Christian evangelists, etc. etc.

What do they all want?

I'm aware that the question is rhetorical.

It's so easy to say it's all madness, but this time the easy is because it's true. It's madness.

I watched this video several times today, and I just can't get over it.  Lennon just asks the question in the simplest of ways, answers it and then gives us an alternative.

Please watch it. All of it. Even the messy and terrifying footage at the end.

WAR IS OVER! (If You Want It) from Yoko Ono on Vimeo.
If you had one wish for Christmastime, what would it be?

Peace on earth
That implies 
No violence
No starving children
No violent minds
No violent households
No fear
No frustration

So this is Christmas, and what have you done?
Another year over, and a new one just begun.
And so this is Christmas
I hope you have fun
The near and the dear ones
They're old and they're young


  1. There have been angels among us. Ah, Jeez, Elizabeth.
    Ah, Lord, dear John and Yoko.
    And what have we done?

  2. Couldn't get the link to work, but I'm pretty sure I found the right one on YouTube.

    Thank you for this, as always.

  3. Peace to you and your kids and thanks for the video link.

  4. I watched this about a week ago when a blogger, can't remember her name, was talking about the anniversary of John's passing. I was going to post it on my Facebook page but I thought it might scare people. But I'm glad you brought it here and people will get to see it. This is the Youtube address if you want to go there.
    http://imaginepeace.com/warisover/ (I think this is the one you meant) I so wonder what John would have said about all this madness.

    Every time you show a picture of your children, I think it is the most beautiful ever and then you find another one. Gorgeous family you have, Elizabeth.

  5. I saw the beginning of this and then got distracted with something or other. I'll go back again in the light of day, not just before I climb into bed. Bereft. The whole damn mess makes me want to never leave my covers.

  6. Incredible photo of your babes, Elizabeth. Just beautiful.

  7. So this is Christmas, and what have you done?
    Another year over, and a new one just begun.

    What have I done? Good question.

    It is easy to see what you have done, Elizabeth.
    You have also shown me that one does not become a bodhisattva
    from a life filled with comfort and free from obstacles.
    You continue to inspire me.
    Thank you.

  8. It shouldn't rhetorical. It's a great question.

  9. beautiful photograph of your children. i couldn't watch the entire video. forgive me, but after all the scenes of aleppo, it was the straw and i was the camel. i am aware that i have the luxury of turning away and that others do not. i hope you and your lovelies have a good christmas dear elizabeth, in spite of the world beyond our ken.

  10. What do they want? They want to be free of fear because they live in fear, fear of poverty, fear of differences, fear of being found out, fear of failure, fear of rejection. They're no different than us, they just have more fear than your average bear.

    Sending hugs Elizabeth and have a wonderful Christmas.

  11. It's been incredibly easy to cry this year... but this video just broke me. Thank you for sharing. As I continue to lose friends and family over our nation's politics, this reminds me why I need to continue to stand for what I believe in and for those who can't stand alone or at all. Sad all over the place. Hard to move on... Sigh.

  12. Oh my, Elizabeth. Thank you for sharing this, even though it was so difficult to watch. War is over! Wishing you and yours a peaceful Christmas and new year.

  13. Still profound wisdom that rings true, if but all would listen and do their part... Merry Christmas... in Peace... Dawn... The Bohemian



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