Friday, December 31, 2010

Imagine Peace in 2011

It is a New Year, 2011, war is raging, hatred abounds, greed is rewarded with power, love is reviled as filth. Good people need to be vigilant, paradoxically to fight for peace.

Take a minute to play this simple anthem and contemplate it.

Imagine - John Lennon

Here is a photograph of the Imagine Peace Tower, located on Viðey Island in Kollafjörður Bay near Reykjavík, Iceland.

ONO's SALES LIST These works (c) copyright Yoko Ono 1965

E. Architectural Works* (priced according to contractors' arrangements and cost of property)
types: a. LIGHT HOUSE - a house constructed of light from prisms, which exists in accordance with the changes of the day

In 1967, John Lennon invited Yoko Ono to his house to ask her if she could build this light house, which was really only a whimsical expression of conceptual art and never intended to be constructed in reality.

The Imagine Peace Tower was lit on October 9, 2007, powered entirely by geothermal energy. It is a tall shimmering tower of light that is visible from October 9th (John Lennon’s birthday) until December 8th (the anniversary of his death). In addition, according to their web site, the Tower will illuminate from Winter Solstice (December 21st – 28th), on New Year’s Eve (December 31st) and the first week of spring (March 21st -28th). It is lit from 2 hours after sunset until midnight, and until dawn on New Year’s Day.

Let's imagine peace in 2011 and learn how to bring it to reality.


Blogger Unknown said...

Peace on Earth.

The entirety of the liberal agenda.

January 01, 2011 7:37 AM  
Anonymous jai guru deva om said...

imagine there's no beam of light

messing up the night

let just the northern lights

reflect the Creator's might

imagine there's a heaven

it's easy if you try

no need for greed or hatred

when tomorrow's always nigh

go ahead and say

I'm a dreamer

I'm not the only one

hope someday you'll join us

and the world will live as one


it's a singular day so let's get started on discussing the liberal aganda

I'm going to go to bed now but I'll catch up to you guys in about 8 hours

hope you'll have a lot of comments for me to respond to

January 01, 2011 7:38 AM  
Anonymous Emproph said...

"imagine there's no beam of light"

how inspiring

January 01, 2011 8:37 AM  
Anonymous David S. Fishback said...

The history of so-called civilization is the history of armed conflict. My wife is currently reading the new biography of Cleopatra, and that has brought our discussions back to the brutality of the Mediterraean basin from the rise of Persia, Persia's defeat by the Greeks, and then the Roman defeat of the Greeks. No one with any sense of humanity wants this cycle to continue. Yet, how can we stop it?

If anyone wants to have a real discussion -- not a series of snarky comments -- let's start with Afghanistan, a place where (it seems) there are NO good choices.

On the one hand, we are engaged in a military/nationbuilding struggle in which it seems impossible to prevail, given the corruption of the supposed central government.

On the other hand, it appears that leaving Afghanistan would lead to the return of Taliban terror, including the total subjugation of all women, and the provision, once again, of a safe haven for Al Qaeda intent on attacking the United States -- and, this time, a safe haven for allied Pakistani fundamentalists intent on toppling an ineffectual (and, apparently, corrupt) government that possesses nuclear weapons.

Given the stakes, but also given the insanity and brutality of war, what is the wisest course of action? How do we, as citizens, assess this mess with clear eyes? How do we, in this world, "give peace a chance"?

January 01, 2011 10:56 AM  
Anonymous jai guru deva om said...

b-b-b-brilliant JGDO:

"imagine there's no beam of light"


"how inspiring"

imp, if that's the kind of light you're looking for, go to Vegas

lots of artificial light there

however, for true light, look to signs of the Creator in creation

Romans 1:20:

"since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities—his eternal power and divine nature—have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made"

personally, I don't find it very inspiring to see the beautiful northern lights over Iceland desecrated by some huge spotlight designed by the bizarre avant-garde artist that John Lennon was seduced by

but that's just me

btw, could it be that gays are attracted to the artificial because they are opposed to nature?

just thinking out loud...

let's let John have the last word:

"nothing's gonna change my world"

January 01, 2011 11:34 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"The history of so-called civilization is the history of armed conflict."

you noticed

"My wife is currently reading the new biography of Cleopatra,"

I'm planning to read that too

right now, I'm reading Keith Richards' autobiography and another book analyzing the Christian "hipster" phenomenom

let's start an online book club in a couple of weeks

"No one with any sense of humanity wants this cycle to continue. Yet, how can we stop it?"

unless you control everyone else's mind, you can't

we need to replace "peace" with a concept more like "shalom"

more than just an absence of force but a general state of well-being should be our goal

"If anyone wants to have a real discussion -- not a series of snarky comments -- let's start with Afghanistan"

oh yeah, Afghanistan

always a great place to start

how's that for snarky?

"Given the stakes, but also given the insanity and brutality of war, what is the wisest course of action?"

glad you asked

it's to bring our boys home immediately

we can't afford to run around the world fighting everyone else's wars for freedom

it's not immoral to do so but we don't have the resources

let's ask ourselves why we're in this stupid involvement

well, this lukewarm, moderate, mamby-bamby Republican was President when Iraq invaded Kuwait

a shame in some ways but really none of our business

we really didn't have much in common with either side

the mamby-bamby decided we should right this wrong

without this decision, no Gulf War I or II, no 9/11, no Afghan war

January 01, 2011 11:56 PM  
Anonymous David S. Fishback said...

How is the concept of "peace" different from the concept of "shalom"?

But, more to the point, Anon says that that Afghan and Pakistani domestic affairs are "none of our business." But the problem is that the outcomes there actually would impact on our national security.

Perhaps one question is whether we have the capacity to determine the outcome. If we do not, then we must be prepared to adjust to the consequences in terms of international terrorism and, most signficantly, in terms of terrorist access to nuclear weapons. That may be something we will have to cope with. But we should not pretend that that the problem would not exist.

January 02, 2011 11:51 AM  

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