Fifty years ago, there was a folk song that was played frequently on the radio. The song was “Blowin’ in the Wind.” The Vietnam War was going on and so many Vietnamese and our boys were killed. We had a draft here in America and dinner was spent in front of the television. They pulled the numbers of the brothers, friends, boyfriends, cousins that were going to have to go to war. Needless to say, it was gruesome.
The song signified all the questions we had about life on this world. Why people wanted to fight wars. Why we wanted to hurt other human beings. Why life was so dangerous. Some of you will remember this song and many of you will experience for the first time. I hope it makes everyone think. I hope everyone thinks before it is too late.
Where have all the Flowers Gone?
Pete Seeger wrote this song to remind us that when we wage war, we are destroying ourselves. We lose so much during wars. We lose lives, we lose nature and we lose ourselves. It is 2015, and we still haven’t learned.
What I am saying is that war has never fixed anything…not ever.
We watched the numbers pulled. We watched the coffins come off the planes. We watched the war being fought nightly on the news.
We don’t watch any of these things any more. It is why I think we so easily send our young to fight. We don’t see it, everything is sanitized.
You are absolutely right! I remember. Hugs, Barbara