Monday, August 24, 2020

#237 / It's Time To Declare Peace

Peace will come
With tranquillity and splendor
On the wheels of fire
But will bring us no reward
When her false idols fall
And cruel death surrenders
With its pale ghost retreating
Between the King and the Queen of Swords


Is this a prophecy? A prediction? An expectation? Or is this just a fond, but foolish, wish?

These lines are from Bob Dylan's song, "Changing of the Guards." The song is found on his Street Legal album, an album filled with songs about change. You can click the next link to see the lyrics for "Changing of the Guards." You can hit the arrow, below, to see a music video based on a live performance.


Dylan is telling us, "Peace will come." But who really believes that? It sounds pretty good in the song! I love the song! But nobody believes it, right? How, on Earth, will peace appear? Where will it come from? When can we expect that "Changing of the Guards?"

There's another great Dylan song that provides some sort of an answer, Up To Me:

If I’d thought about it I never would’ve done it,
I guess I would’ve let it slide
If I’d lived my life by what others were thinkin,’
The heart inside me would’ve died
I was just too stubborn to ever be governed
By enforced insanity
Someone had to reach for the risin’ star,
I guess it was up to me

In all the conflicts, all over the world, and in the race war here at home, in political battles and all struggles for supremacy, peace will come from us, not to us. 

It is going to be up to each one of us. It's time to declare peace.

There is so much we need to do. So we need to do what we must. Each one of us needs to do what we can. We don't have time to fight about it!

That's what I think.

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