Monday, August 07, 2006

Give Peace A Chaynce. Fat Chaynce, John Lennon.

There ain't gonna be any peace left by the time all the violence is done. At the rate we are going, we haven't seen enough or heard enough cruel things that people can do to one another. Compared to what millions of Jews went through in Nazi camps during World War II, what we are seeing every day on TV has hardened us into believing that it is not a big deal to kill a four year old child with a bomb that could demolish a medium-sized condominium complex. It is okay to bomb anything. It is okay to kill. It is perfectly all right to slash the throat of a pregnant woman. It's not a big deal to cut someone up with a parang, or a samurai sword.

It's alright, it's alright, it's alright.

John Lennon. It's a good thing you died.

It's a violent world out there we might as well turn doubly violent so we can all make sense of what's going on. And the cycle continues. No one talks about peace. Peace is an old-fashioned concept. As out-dated as grandfathers who ain't got nothing better to do except sit in one corner of a drinking shop to talk about the good old days. What's so good about the good old days when you can kill anyone you don't like in the good new day like today. Or tomorrow. It's the new order, boys. Go armed yourselves to the teeth with Lawi Ayam, Tumbuk Lada, Tekpi, Kerambit, Spyderco knives, or Cold Steel kukri. These are good stuff. The world is getting more and more violent you might as well be prepared to understand what's the whole thing is all about. Otherwise you might as well draw pictures of white doves flying amid some stupid looking cotton clouds. Or go pick up a guitar to sing about peace. Or write some poems with titles like 'Bulan Rejab Yang Berdarah' or ' Tangisan Anak Di Qana'.

Don't you get it? All this don't make sense to those who make a decision to bomb a refugee camp. They don't bat an eyelid over small things like bombing the hospital to kingdom come because something moved in there and it could be a suicide bomber.

Don't you get it? It's a violent world you might as well learn how to become doubly violent yourself to make sense of what's going on. Don't talk about peace. Peace doesn't exist anymore. It existed for a while in the 70s.

It's a violent world right outside your doorstep.






8 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

a very dear egyptian friend of mine who was rafiq hariri's secretary was killed in a cluster bomb incident in beirut earlier today. her name is iman k.houssary - an obedient and loving daughter, hardworking and loyal employee, a true friend, and most of all, a good decent Muslim.

nefertiti

3:34 PM  
Blogger tee said...

Tanda dunia dah menuju ke akhir zaman...

3:54 PM  
Blogger torts said...

very sad! makes whatever problem we may be facing so nothing compared to what our sisters and brothers are facing there.
only faith and doa ..

11:12 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Bergen - do not give up. We have to dooa to Allah for peace. True there are so many evil and greedy people out there but there are also many good people out there too. Yes, it is a shame - death is taken so lightly on all sides - Believers of Religion and Non Believers too. It is frustrating - hundreds of people died and our World leaders - ah some on vacations - some I wonder how they could sleep at night - tears of widows, orphans etc. Allah knows best why all these are happening, perhaps the world is getting to its end - we can just continue to dooa for Peace - do not give up!

7:39 AM  
Blogger Em said...

Salaams

It is NOT right to take the live of another Islam doesnt teach us that.

2:14 PM  
Blogger k.d said...

Scary world Bergen..and you just wonder how your kids gonna get on in life...

6:42 PM  
Blogger bergen said...

Nefertiti: Sorry to hear about your friend.

Tee: It is.

Torts: We'll never know what's it like unless we go thru' it personally.

Anonymous: Thank you.

EM: Unfortunately, it's the wrong thing that seems right to some.

K.D: Kids are gonna have it tougher.

To everyone, thank you for visiting.

11:06 AM  
Blogger Nurelhuda said...

Violence affects all of us , even tho is may be half a world away.
I have been to Lebanon , I found it to be among the most beatiful country I had been to even though I did not like the men there..gatal..
A strange thing happened to me ..I had some heart rythm problems which is now gone, it came I think almost the same day Lebanon was attacked and went one day after the sieze fire...I cannot understand except that the vibes of the world were at war.....we all hurt...

11:44 PM  

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