Love’s In Need Of Love Today.

By Jerry Alatalo

“Ahimsa [infinite love] is a weapon of matchless potency. It is the summum bonum of life. It is an attribute of the brave, in fact it is their all. It does not come within the reach of the coward. It is no wooden or lifeless dogma but a living and lifegiving force. It is the special attribute of the soul.” GANDHI (1869-1948)

Humanity needs love, not war

ne wonders what effects on United Nations Security Council members, national and state leaders listening to music before starting their meetings would create – such as from the blind genius Stevie Wonder. The theory accepted by most in the healthcare field about blind people is that, because of their inability to see, other available abilities naturally become much more focused, sharpened and developed to compensate.

The theory certainly is proven in the work of Stevie Wonder in the field of music, who, despite blindness, has created some of the most beautiful, complex and extraordinary artistry in recent history. One can only imagine what the world’s state of affairs would look like today, if before meetings of the Security Council and national governments since 1976 his “Love’s In Need of Love Today” were played… loud and clear.

It’s remarkable, disappointing and unfortunate that – besides religious men and women of the world’s various traditions – in the over 6-years of heart-breaking violence, war and destruction in Syria and the 2-years in Yemen, there haven’t been proposals such as: “Please stop bombing the people of Syria and Yemen – but please love them.”

When one takes a good long, hard look at the varying and many proposals coming from those perceived as experts to resolve the world’s wars and bring peace (most enjoying excellent vision since birth), perhaps their taking some extremely “sound advice” from a blind man has reached the point where it’s become more than necessary.

Tomahawk cruise missiles launched toward their targets are not “beautiful”, but hideous creations designed solely to kill fellow, innocent brothers and sisters in the human family – to inflict harm and destroy. Let those who call for war and “bombs bursting in air” know they suffer from spiritual blindness, and that love for one’s fellow human beings is truly beautiful.

Some – after hearing Stevie Wonder’s message, and “seeing” where he was coming from when he created it – may feel sufficiently moved to act in preventing escalation of violence in Syria, Yemen, the Middle East and everywhere on Earth. If so, and American, call the United States congressional switchboard below and talk to or message your representative and Senators. Send a message to representatives and Senators in neighboring states as well. Or… if moved greatly act by leaving your message in all 50 states.

U.S. Congressional switchboard phone #: 202-224-3121

Thank you.

World peace is possible.

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(From Stevie Wonder’s 1976 masterpiece: “Songs In the Key of Life”)

Love’s In Need of Love Today

Good morn’ or evening friends, here’s your friendly announcer
I have serious news to pass on to everybody
What I’m about to say could mean the world’s disaster
Could change your joy and laughter to tears and pain

It’s that love’s in need of love today
Don’t delay, send yours in right away
Hate’s going around breaking many hearts
Stop it please, before it’s gone too far

The force of evil plans to make you its possession
And it will if we let it destroy everybody
We all must take precautionary measures
If love and peace you treasure, then you’ll hear me when I say

Oh, that love’s in need of love today
Don’t delay send yours in right away
Hate’s going around breaking many hearts
Stop it please, before it’s gone too far

People, you know that love’s in need of love today
Don’t delay send yours in right away
You know that hate’s, hate’s goin’ round breaking many hearts
Stop, stop it please, before it’s gone too far

It’s up to you, cause love’s in need of love today
Don’t delay, send yours in right away
You know that hate’s, hate’s going around
Breaking – hate’s tried to break my heart many times
Don’t – you’ve got to stop it please
Before… before… before…

Love’s in need of love, love today
Don’t delay send yours in right away
You know that hate’s going around, hate’s going around
Hate’s going around and it tried breaking up many hearts

You’ve got to, I’ve got to, they’ve got to
We’ve got to, they’ve got to, we’ve got to stop it before it’s gone too far
Love’s, love’s in need of love
Did you ever think that love would be in need of love today
Don’t delay, send yours in right away

Bring it down a little –  love is very peaceful, so bring it down a little
Love’s in need… of love today

What the world needs now…

Um, L-O-V-E love… Oh, L-O-V-E love

Just give the world love.

(Thank you to Stevie Wonder – Topic at YouTube)

Praying For Time.

By Jerry Alatalo

Alphabet Artist George Michael (1963-2016) wrote “Praying For Time” and performed the song in 2011 at Royal Albert Hall, London.

 

Do you think we have time?
Do you think we have time?

These are the days of the open hand
We will not be the last
Look around now
These are the days of the beggars and the choosers

This is the year of the hungry man
Whose place is in the past
Hand in hand with ignorance
And legitimate excuses

The rich declare themselves poor
And most of us are not sure
If we have too much
But we’ll take our chances
[*1] I sang twenty years and a day
But nothing changed
The human race found some other god
And walked into the flames

[*1 Original lyrics:
‘Cause God stopped keeping score
I guess somewhere along the way
He must have let us all out to play
Turned his back, and all God’s children crept out the back door]

And it’s hard to love, there’s so much to hate
Hanging on to hope
When there is no hope to speak of
And the wounded skies above say it’s much too late
Then maybe we should all be praying for time

Do you think we have time?
Do you think we have time?

These are the days of the empty hand
Oh you hold on to what you can
And charity is a coat you wear twice a year

This is the year of the guilty man
Your television takes a stand
And you find that what was over there is over here

So you scream from behind your door
Say “what’s mine is mine and not yours”
I may have too much but I’ll take my chances
[*2] I sang twenty years and a day
But nothing changed
The human race found some other god
And walked into the flames

[*2 Original lyrics:
‘Cause God stopped keeping score
You cling to the things they sold you
Did you cover your eyes when they told you
That he can’t come back
‘Cause he has no children to come back for]

It’s hard to love, Jesus there’s so much to hate
Hanging on to hope when there is no hope to speak of
And the wounded skies above say it’s much too late
So maybe we should all be praying for time

Do you think we have time?
Do you think we have time?
Lord, give us time…

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(Thank you to James Anderson at YouTube)

Dr. Cornel West Speech Ties Politics To Spirituality.

By Jerry Alatalo

“I can say without the slightest hesitation, and yet in all humility, that those who say that religion has nothing to do with politics do not know what religion means.”

– MOHANDES GANDHI (1869-1948) Hindu national leader

 

Alphabet Dr. West’s keynote speech at the Green Party Convention in Houston, Texas was so extraordinarily remarkable and rare for political oratory that one becomes especially careful, and concise, when assembling any analysis and/or commentary. One senses his speech literally manifested the sacred on Earth, and that when such rare occurrences of true spiritual power are beheld the only possible reaction or response is one of highest respect and honor. Along with the unavoidable recognition that Dr. West was on sacred ground during this speech comes the certainty of knowing not to describe it in any manner diminishing that sacred aspect. In other words, when talking about Dr. West’s speech it is of highest importance to remember one is entering the arena of transcendent holy – the human spiritual dimension.

(Thank you to Stand Up at YouTube)

Pray For Palmyra, Pray For Peace On Earth.

By Jerry Alatalo

“The great artist is the simplifier.”

HENRI FREDERIC AMIEL (1821-1881) Swiss philosopher

Palmyra

Alphabet The smile on the face of this beautiful young Syrian girl in the audience listening to the Mariinsky Orchestra performing classical music in Palmyra, Syria perhaps says much more than humans can adequately describe. The concert provided some greatly appreciated and needed relief, joy and renewed hope for the future of her and her friends together to enjoy the sounds of musical instruments – instead of guns and bombs.

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Others who view the event and listen to the grand, exquisite, moving performances may become reminded of scenes from the popular movie “Shawshank Redemption”, in particular those in the film where the character/prisoner played by actor Tim Robbins was able to blare Italian classical music to his fellow prisoners throughout the facility, similar to what occurred in Palmyra, and allowing some much-needed spiritual peace and psychological relief to his fellow inmates, now his friends. After (5) years of horrific war imposed upon the nation by paid mercenary terrorists from outside Syria, one could in a sense consider the entire population as serving a long, misery-laced collective prison sentence, and now praying for release.

Palmyra-2 What was also striking about the Palmyra concert was the natural setting amidst the ancient ruins, scenes of the bombed-out city from the air, and how “ordinary” – how much like all men and women on Earth – the musicians and people in the audience looked. One senses the musicians were fully, seriously aware of each making their performances a shared effort at delivering to Syrians, people of the Middle East and humanity a profound, powerful, effective artistic message of peace.

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For any person on Earth who appreciates genuine actions focused on creating peace in regions suffering the unimaginably difficult, nightmarish consequences of insane wars and violence, it would be hard to fail in noticing anything but that the message had become, thank the Creator/God, delivered.

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It could be said the musicians in the orchestra, here and now in the year 2016, sent an unambiguous message to the entirety of humanity that weapons of peace – musical instruments – are the far, far superior, clearly moral choice and not guns and bombs that kill, maim, psychologically/spiritually shatter and destroy the lives of fellow members of the human family.

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“Music is a higher revelation than philosophy.”

LUDWIG VAN BEETHOVEN (1770-1827) German composer

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“The artist appeals to the part of our being which is not dependent on wisdom; to that in us which is a gift and not an acquisition – and therefore, more permanently enduring. He speaks to our capacity for delight and wonder, to the sense of mystery surrounding our lives; to our sense of pity, and beauty and pain…

…art itself may be defined as a single-minded attempt to render the highest kind of justice to the visible universe, by bring to light the truth, manifold and one, underlying its every aspect.

…All art therefore, appeals primarily to the senses, and the artistic aim when expressing itself in written words must also make its appeal through the senses, if its high desire is to reach the responsive spring of responsive emotions. It must strenuously aspire to the plasticity of sculpture, to the color of painting, and to the magic suggestiveness of music – which is the art of arts.”

JOSEPH CONRAD (1857-1924) Polish-born British writer

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“All art constantly aspires towards the condition of music.”

WALTER PATER (1839-1894) English man of letters

(Thank you to Sputnik at YouTube)