80’s Appeal.

Preparing my Barsetshires Diary blog tonight I came across a song that reminded me just how long people have been asking for a cessation to wars. It’s been going on at least since the Quakers and the Conscientious objectors of WWI spoke out. But at times we seem to have gone through periods of being Gung Ho and forgetting peace altogether or at least those moderate voices have been drowned out.

During WWII there were people who didn’t want war but I think a lot of minds were changed when they realised just how bad Hitler and his henchmen were. You would have to hope that never again could so few people mobilise a whole country into following such an evil path but then we look at just how many evil regimes have existed or still exist even now. All those places where any opposition disappears or is publicly executed. Syria, Saudi Arabia, North Korea all come to mind.

During the 60’s I walked with huge hope in my soul that the pressure of all the young people would bring about massive change to make sure there would be no more wars. Never before had America seen such vocal opposition to a war like Vietnam. The songs of that period carried the message far and wide. People like John Lennon sang what people thought. Though we’ve managed to avoid any World Wars since then there have still been plenty of wars about. It seems no matter how loud a voice we have someone wants to go to war. For the sake of oil some Governments will even lie to create the chance to go to war. Thanks Tony Blair for opening my eyes to the current crop of politicians in the UK. I think some are trying to foment civil war with their treatment of the disabled.

In the 1980’s John Farnham sang this song that told us the cry was still there for wars to end. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tbkOZTSvrHs

Since then there have been songs asking to Feed the World, asking to stop the killing and Michael Jackson’s superb Earth Song spoke of the need to save the planet too. Why is it that our voices are not bringing about the changes so many of us obviously want and need or do the Governments of the world want to solve the population explosion in the most evil way possible? The survival of the fittest maybe?

I send you all Love, Peace and Hugs.

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Retired Local Government Officer who started to write at age 60 and hasn't looked back. Writes a humorous diary on the life of a member of the gentry.......and the village he lives in with his sadistic early morning alarm cat Oscar and his wife the formidable Lady J.
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23 Responses to 80’s Appeal.

  1. Thank you David. I didn’t remember that song.
    You’d think that by now we (humanity) could learn from our mistakes. I don’t understand it either.
    Sending you love light and hugs my friend.

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    • davidprosser says:

      It’s like we’re happy not to learn about peace, like we haven’t evolved that far and yet I know we’re capable of it.
      I’m not stupid enough to miss the downside of peace in that we can’t allow the world o carry on increasing it’s population at such a rate but that’s something we could solve with peace. We don’t need to send millions off to die in futile wars.
      Love, Light and Hugs received with joy Teagan.
      xxx Humongous Hugs xxx

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      • You know I don’t participate in any organized religion (and know little about Catholicism particularly), but that said…
        In some positive thought from (I think it was Mike Dooley) talking about “what you resist persists” he pointed out a quote from Mother Teresa “I was once asked why I don’t participate in anti-war demonstrations. I said that I will never do that, but as soon as you have a pro-peace rally, I’ll be there.”
        Railing against war and hatred hasn’t gotten us anywhere. (In fact recently a reader who has followed me for a year sent me an email saying I “shouldn’t be suffered to live” because I write fantasy stories. — There’s so much more to all the hate that’s out there than war.)
        On a parallel track I also think of the Imagine song…
        So (finally getting to my point) wouldn’t it be wonderful if we had a world-wide day where all day long everyone just imagined peace. Harmony. Kindness.
        Sigh… what a lovely thought a day like that is.
        Mega hugs my friend.

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      • davidprosser says:

        The history of Catholicism makes grim reading and you’ve only to look at recent times to see they’re slow to change. Just see the film Philomena for proof. Regardless of that, I read your Mother Theresa quote with interest. Maybe she was right and it’s pro rather than anti I should support.So, your superb idea of a day where we all imagined peace would be great as long as there was a way of letting the politicians know how wide reaching it was and how much we wanted it. Better still to remind them of how short lived their jobs would be if we didn’t get it.They are supposed to act according to our wishes and not what they imagine is best for us.
        Imagine can be our theme to keep us going.
        xxx I send you gargantuan Hugs xxx

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  2. inavukic says:

    I was one of those loud anti-Vietnam protesters, David – here in Sydney… never stopped protesting against one thing or another to do with wars…it seems somewhere along the lines from 60’s politicians cut their umbilical cord from their nation and float out there in political space that often has no resemblance to real life

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    • davidprosser says:

      I’m thinking any politician who is voted in now must release himself/herself from the constraints of humanity and decide that whatever they do is OK as long as they say they’re doing it for your own good or ‘for the people’. Politicians need to be made more answerable to the people and must act as their constituency decide and not in their own interest.
      xxx Massive Hugs xxx

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  3. TanGental says:

    sad indeed but not without glimmers of hope as always. Hugs

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  4. merrildsmith says:

    I don’t understand it either, David. I don’t understand why people follow leaders who are set on wars, destruction, and conquering others. If only we could stop it with a song. In the meantime–big hugs!

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    • davidprosser says:

      The Hugs are always welcome Merril, thank you. Those leaders rarely acknowledge that they’re all about wars when they get elected. I’m interested to see what people do with Donald Trump when they know in advance how awful he is and what his prejudices are. After the election if he’s in they’ll find he’s prejudiced against the poor too- of his own people.
      xxx Sending Gigantic Hugs xxx

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  5. D. Parker says:

    It too often seems like we’re on a hamster wheel going around and around and around; we think we’re getting somewhere, but when the wheel stops, we’re still in the same place.
    Thank you, David, for the reminder.
    Mega common sense hugs xoxoxox

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    • davidprosser says:

      Oi, just ‘cos I gotta moustache no need to start comparing me to a hamster. I suppose the teeth gave it away though.
      I well know the feeling of running on the spot love but one day I hope we’re all going to find the front door and go out.(unless it’s snowing of course).
      xxx Sending you Special love enfolded Hugs xxx

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      • D. Parker says:

        But hamsters are adorable!!! We’re all there on the wheel with you and we need to get off the wheel.
        Our snow is slowly melting, finally.
        Massive huggy hamster hugs xoxoxox

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  6. Human nature, I guess, is precisely the issue. We’ve always been tribal by instinct, originally because it took more than one to deck a giant yak or a bilious bison, and because they were OUR bison and we didn’t want any other miscreants nicking them. At least we used to eat our enemies in those days, which was tidier. Now we have the doomsday WMDs in our hands, but we still have that rapacious instinct…. Oi vey!

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    • davidprosser says:

      You just get the impression that over the millennia the tribal instinct would have started to disappear as we intermarry and now buy the billious bison ready packed at the supermarket next to the Korky the kangaroo steaks. I’m not asking that The U.S. loves the UK and Europe, just that they live in peace with one another. Just think of all the fuel they’ll save by not warring. Hopefully the WMD will each stop the other side using it first knowing retaliation will follow.
      Hugs Frederick.

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  7. It seems humanity can be so inhumane – it’s sad. I do like the idea of pro-peace. That was a good song too but I don’t recall hearing it back in the 80s, thank you for sharing. Have a wonderful day!! ❤

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    • davidprosser says:

      I agree with you Stephanae, we don’t seem to have got much kinder as time has gone on and few seem concerned about making things nice for our descendants, they only think of now.
      Have a wonderful day
      xxx Huge Hugs to you xxx

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      • Yes, it’s a sad state of affairs but I continue to believe that there are more of us out here attempting to make positive change vs. what the media would have us to believe. And you’re right many of us are so self-absorbed we can’t think beyond the current moment and fulfilling our needs instead for caring for others.

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  8. A great insightful post! Perhaps but I think greed is the main issue. Wishing you a great weekend ahead!

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