Not Everyone Wants It

Happy Bodhi Day.

In December 1969 John Lennon and Yoko Ono launched a media campaign for peace by renting billboards in New York, Los Angeles, Toronto, Rome, Athens, Amsterdam, Berlin, Paris, London, Tokyo, Hong Kong and Helsinki displaying the message: WAR IS OVER! If You Want It.

This was the same message as the Buddha’s, who said in so many words, “Suffering is over, if you want it.”

The problem is that not everyone wants it. That is not to say that we can’t do something. It’s ordinary people who are the victims in this world.  It’s ordinary people who can raise the consciousness of others and turn the world around.

John and Yoko’s “slogan” was also used as the refrain for the song Happy Xmas, recorded on October 28, 1971 in New York city. 

Happy Xmas Yoko and I wrote together. It says, ‘War is over if you want it.’ It was still that same message – the idea that we’re just as responsible as the man who pushes the button. As long as people imagine that somebody’s doing it to them, and that they have no control, then they have no control.”

John Lennon, 1980 quoted in “All We Are Saying” by David Sheff

Today, on the 35th anniversary of John Lennon’s murder, a picture is worth much more than further words.






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