Artist: The Beach Boys
Album: The Pet Sounds Sessions: A 30th Anniversary Collection
Track: Wouldn't It Be Nice - (Vocals Only)
1997 Capitol Records
War is Over If You Want It
"Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter." -Martin Luther King, Jr.
I'm not quite sure what to say on this anniversary of 9/11/2001. I miss those beautiful buildings; I'm still angry that I never got a chance to see their architecture up close and personal. The calendar has brought us around to another Tuesday morning. I really don't know where we are this 6 years hence: I still have a lot of questions as do a lot of other good folks. Let me just say that there's too much global suffering, too much anger, and not enough love and communication anymore. I'm disheartened that we live in a 'post 9/11' world. It is what it is - and we must make of it what we can now. I urge you to activate yourselves in this crazy, collapsing 'civilization' by, well, being civil every second of your being (with yourself, others, and all creatures). Free your minds and take back your daily moments and your Self. THINK globally and ACT locally! We have to get our hands on the levers and make the machine stop. We need to take some breath and enjoy it - to really stop and smell the roses for a change. Stop the huffing and puffing (for what?!), and really start listening and loving more. I'm grateful for this Internet -it gives us a phenomenal opportunity to really converge on that chant: Power To The People! I hope we can use it well and take it back. It would be nice too if we relaxed and surfed the real sunsets a bit more. It would be truly nice if we lived in a NOW world that smiled because there are more reasons to. Rampant raison d'être is my parting wish for humanity..nice and slow. We really are all together on this Third Stone From The Sun. Indeed, there isn't anything funny about Peace, Love, and Understanding (except perhaps that it puts a real nice smile on your face). Imagine.
I dedicate this beautiful love song to all the people that lost their lives unknowingly - just striving for at least one smile in that fateful day. You are not forgotten. Kiss someone you love (and please wear a smile always).
"Brothers and Sisters: We bring to your thought and minds that right-minded human beings seek to promote above all else the life of all things. We direct to your minds that peace is not merely the absence of war, but the constant effort to maintain harmonious existence between all peoples, from individual to individual, and between humans and the other beings on this planet. We point out to you that a Spiritual Consciousness is the Path to Survival of Humankind."
-The Haudenosaunee Declaration, (1979)