2 months ago 🏆 for day 360, 2019 with 452 words.

So This Is Christmas

This post was written the evening of Christmas Day in Wales, regardless of when it actually gets published

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,
(war is over if you want it)
For the rich and the poor ones, the road is so long.
(war is over now)
And so happy Christmas for black and for whites,
(war is over if you want it)
For the yellow and red ones, let's stop all the fight.
(war is over now)

You probably know these words as the lyrics to the 1971 protest song by John Lennon. If you don't you should listen to the song.

The war that the song was protesting - Vietnam - was eventually over in 1975 but we have had plenty of them since.

Could all wars be over, if we wanted it?

Probably no, not unless all the people involved in the wars wanted it, and it would seem that that isn't the case - currently.

We have had peace in central Europe for a long time. Yes there has been problems, and there has been invasions but nothing on the scale of World Wars I & II.

Ownership of countries by other countries seems to be part of the problem and religion counts for a bunch of conflicts too. In the former Britain is a big culprit but at least seems - in most cases - willing to give back ownership of countries they invaded, eventually.

Why in the early years of the 20th century European countries wanted to invade each other I find hard to comprehend. It had been happening for centuries but surely in the industrial revolution we had moved on from the days of the Romans and Vikings. My grandfathers fought in the two world wars and my parents lived through the bombing and destruction.

These wars happened, due to power crazy leaders - or so it would seem from my simplistic unresearched perspective. Maybe we can stop the wars by not electing power crazy leaders. Yes, I see the error in this logic, not all leaders are elected.

It would seem, in summary, that whether we want it or not, we can't stop the wars. Sorry if that is a conclusion you didn't want to read today. I wish it weren't true.



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