On Titus One Nine for the USA's Memorial Day, Kendall Harmon has posted the video below (along with some others). The video features Peter, Paul and Mary, and Pete Seagar singing Where have all the flowers gone?, one of the most poignant songs about war ever composed, highlighting the folly and stupidity of war (and all the more poignant as North Korea tells the world it does not object to waging war by nuclear means). Below the video I post two comments made on Titus One Nine, and Kendall Harmon's response ... and then make a note myself!
"4. recchip wrote:
What would possess anyone (especially someone as intelligent as Dr. Harmon) to consider a song by 4 anti-war hippie traitors as appropriate for Memorial Day. Why not just have a video of Jane Fonda next time!!
I am VERY disappointed in this being labeled as Music for Memorial Day. SHAME!!!
May 25, 9:47 pm | [comment link]
5. Sarah wrote:
Well, it is a beautiful song, and it does express the sorrow of losing young people in war. That’s how I listen to it anyway. Heck, I think John Lennon’s song Imagine is beautiful even though i have no desire for his expressed wishes to actually come true! ; > )
May 25, 11:42 pm | [comment link]
7. Kendall Harmon wrote:
#5 has the reason for the song correct, and #4 is a good exemplar of American identity politics on display. Since I do not like or agree with x or y about the messenger, there goes the message. But surely in a world where everyone is bent, then soon nothing gets heard.
It is a good song."
I am grateful for Kendall's wisdom; and floored by comment No 4. If we cannot get beyond 'identity politics' can we ever be a united church offering a model of human unity for the world to see? In a world trapped in identity politics war is inevitable!!!!!!!!