“I am more and more convinced that taking life over-seriously is a frivolous thing.” — Eric Hoffer, Eric Hoffer and the Art of the Notebook
“The past is not done with you because you can’t get rid of it.” — Philip Seymour Hoffman, “Happy Talk”, Rubin Museum of Art (17 December 2012)
Peace as a cause is back and it’s about time!
I know no one is going to tell me they ever gave up on the cause or that it became unpopular but I haven’t seen this level of peace activism since flower power gave way to disco fever.
Being for peace is being for many things. As Eddie Vedder said when introducing Imagine: “Well, so anti war make you pro many things. Pro peace, pro human, pro evolution, Makes you pro communication, pro diplomacy, pro love, pro understanding, pro forgiveness. You know some people don’t understand how you can be pro soldier. If you are anti war your pro soldier because you don’t want the soldier to be put in harms way.”
To quote from his post, Imagine That — I’m Still Anti-War, on the Pearl Jam website: “We are such a remarkable species. Capable of creating beauty. Capable of awe-inspiring advancements. We must be capable of resolving conflicts without bloodshed.”
Eddie Vedder is making news with peace!
“We are all of us more or less the slaves of opinion.” — William Hazlitt, “On Court-Influence” (January 3/January 10, 1818)
“They say the seeds of what we will do are in all of us, but it always seemed to me that in those who make jokes in life the seeds are covered with better soil and with a higher grade of manure.” — Ernest Hemingway, A Moveable Feast
“Even a dog distinguishes between being stumbled over and being kicked.” — Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr., “Early Forms of Liability,” Lecture I from The Common Law.