Prologue: I wrote this article in early August and distributed it in Aug 17 2015 for review to a few friends who concluded it was a bit too long and a bit off topic, but in light of the Paris Attacks, it was so on target. The original article is in black and the additional commentaries I have added this morning are in Red. Having lived and worked in Paris in 1991-92, my heart bleeds for what has happened there, and only three years ago I was back for a visit, eating at some of the very restaurants and areas shown in the first photograph, the same area of the Charlie Hebdo attack as I described in my article “Je suis Charlie” Remembrance of things past
“Is this what society has become in the 21st century? Political Correctness to the point that people will not shout “Merde!” even when they discover their mouth is full of it!”
My friend Bill Mann emailed this video link to a select group of his friends a few months ago. It is apropos to today’s situation and I enjoin you to watch and listen to the video before reading the article.
The eastern world it tis explodin’,
Violence flarin’, bullets loadin’,
You’re old enough to kill but not for votin’,
You don’t believe in war, but what’s that gun you’re totin’,
And even the Jordan River has bodies floatin’,
But you tell me over and over and over again my friend,
Ah, you don’t believe we’re on the eve of destruction.
When you look into the history of the song you will find that the writer P.F. Sloan heard an inner voice when writing the song. Check out song facts HERE. Quote:
“The most outstanding experience I had in writing this song was hearing an inner voice inside of myself for only the second time. It seemed to have information no one else could’ve had. For example, I was writing down this line in pencil ‘think of all the hate there is in Red Russia.’ This inner voice said ‘No, no it’s Red China!’ I began to argue and wrestle with that until near exhaustion. I thought Red Russia was the most outstanding enemy to freedom in the world, but this inner voice said the Soviet Union will fall before the end of the century and Red China will endure in crimes against humanity well into the new century!….A great deal of madness, as I remember it! I told the press it was a love song. A love song to and for humanity, that’s all. It ruined Barry’s career as an artist and in a year I would be driven out of the music business too.”
Luke 2:24 “And he said, Verily I say unto you, No prophet is accepted in his own country.”
I would contend that one does not need to be a prophet to tell that the walls of Jericho are falling down around them at this very moment and that even poets of a century ago saw…