Another View of Christmas

“Hope is being able to see that there is light
despite all of the darkness.”
Desmond Tutu – 1931 – 2021.

I first posted this in December 2012. I reblogged it in December 2017 bemoaning the fact that five years had passed and still nothing had changed. And so to December 2021. Nine years since that first post and yet nothing at all has changed. Wars are raged, people are injured or die, homes, sacred places, and relics are destroyed and for what I ask.

We all know Einstein’s quote – The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting a different result.

But as most of us don’t know or understand the reasons the wars are being waged in the first place therefore, we cannot know the result the perpetrators are expecting to gain. 

So once again, because i am a dreamer, I look back at that amazing song of John Lennon’s – Imagine and I hope that maybe, one day, it cold happen.

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December 19, 2012

“An eye for an eye
will make us all blind.”
Mahatma Gandhi

After all the cheerful Christmas posts I have been writing and reading, I remembered this video – Happy Christmas (War is Over) from John Lennon.

Unfortunately, for a variety of reasons, I cannot now insert that video. Here are the words, but if you would like to see the video go to Another View of Christmas. But here are the lyrics. They don’t move me as the video did.

So this is Christmas and what have you done?
Another year over, a new one just begun.
And so this is Christmas, I hope you have fun,
The near and the dear one The old and the young
A very merry Christmas And a happy new year,
Let’s hope it’s a good one Without any fear
And so this is Christmas For weak and for strong,
For the rich and the poor ones, The road is so long.
And so happy Christmas for black and for whites,
For the yellow and red ones, Let’s stop all the fight.
A very merry Christmas And a happy new year
Let’s hope it’s a good one Without any fear

Lennon was murdered on 8 December 1980 and so it is obviously many years since he sang this song but  what has changed?  War is still being raged around the world; people are dying; children are being maimed; people are starving; people are being punished for their beliefs; bombs are still being manufactured by countries who deny this; prisoners are being inhumanely treated….  Will we ever learn?

And compare those words with the words of Imagine

YES JUST IMAGINE
Wouldn’t that make for a Very Happy Christmas

And because I am a dreamer, I can hope that maybe, someday, those words may come true, and “we all can live as one”. And wars will be over, perhaps not. in my lifetime, but just perhaps…

JB December 28, 2021

8 thoughts on “Another View of Christmas”

  1. I’m a cancer survivor…been living with Multiple Myeloma for over 21 years. There’s a term doctors use when nothing is wrong, “unremarkable.” The constant condition the world is in: wars, refugees all about, hunger and so on have become umreamrkable, routine. In a strange sort of way, if we all arose one morning and things were calm, the world would be in a remarkable state. I could use a bit of that remarkableness right about now.

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