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SoCS: Thoughts on War and Peace (with an old song and a newer song)


 Today’s prompt for Stream of Consciousness Saturday is “cent/scent/sent.” Use them in any form you like. Use one, use two or use them all. Bonus points if you use all three, and Cheryl will put your next drink on David’s tab. I know, you used to get bonus points for two, but inflation… Enjoy!

(Thank you to Dan for filling in for our usual host, Linda Hill who has been without electricity!)

Of all the Russians sent to fight against the people of Ukraine, I wonder how many want to be there. I can’t imagine anyone wanting to fight in a war, but there are some mercenaries. We watch so many movies and TV shows about fighting, battles, violence… sometimes for a cause which makes for good drama…. I wonder if there are people sent to take Ukraine from her people who are against the war but cannot go home due to repercussions they or their families would have to face. I wonder if any have melted into the countryside and escaped – went AWOL (absent without leave) Probably not many.

The letters my father sent to my mother from Vietnam hint at the struggle to remain fighting in a war where children were killed or left homeless. My mother wanted him to come home. My father wanted to come home. But there was never really any question about what he would actually do. His sense of duty was stronger than desires for home and family and the needs of love. He fulfilled his obligation to the US government. The war haunted him for the rest of his life.

For centuries there have been wars. Maybe some of them have been justified, but most, I believe are not. When will we ever learn? It would be better to chase the scent of flowers than to fight with violence.

Do you remember this song by Peter Paul & Mary? I didn’t remember how pretty the harmonies were for such a sad song.

When will we ever learn? One day, maybe, peace will spread. How, I don’t know, but it will take work and focus on peace, focus on using our words in positive ways. Compromise. Voting out the egomaniacs. All kinds of complicated contributing factors to war and peace. We can only hope, pray, and work for peace in our lives and the lives we touch. It will take work, because we are not perfect. We will get angry, but we can learn to cope in non-violent ways. Smell the flowers and hope one day more people will value peace. And the people will say, that we don’t wanna fight no more, there’ll be no more war, and the children will play….


For more streams of consciousness, and other details, visit our host, Linda Hill by clicking HERE. Thanks, again to Dan at No Facilities for today’s prompt. Oh, and thanks, Dan for letting us know that … “Linda’s electricity has left the building,” and not using the word, “power,” because we can still have power without electricity. I hope Linda has her electricity back on by now or very, very soon!

Author: JoAnna

An open minded, tree-hugging Jesus follower, former counselor, and life-long lover of animals, I'm returning to my creative roots and have published my first book: Trust the Timing, A Memoir of Finding Love Again as well as the short version: From Loneliness to Love.

17 thoughts on “SoCS: Thoughts on War and Peace (with an old song and a newer song)

  1. Great response to the prompt, JoAnna. Hugs on the wing.

  2. Well done, JoAnna. I can’t imagine wanting to go to war. I can imagine feeling a profound duty. Vietnam was such a mixed up situation, I’m not sure I could even muster that. I knew, if I got called, I would go, but I was glad the war ended before I got that letter.

    • Mixed up is right. Vietnam was at the end of my dad’s 20-year military career. I can feel my dad’s turmoil in his letters and feel very grateful he made it home alive.

  3. Hi JoAnna, I hate the idea of war and yet I am fascinated by it. I’m always trying to unravel the why of war by reading about it. Many of the soldiers who have died to date are the same age as my oldest son. It makes me feel sick.

    • Thank you for sharing this insight, Robbie. I can understand the fascination. Unraveling what leads to war is important if we have any hope for prevention.

  4. So much food for thought in your post, JoAnna. And you even used all three words from the prompt 🙂 Well done! I also love your song selections. While following the lyrics of “Where have all the flowers gone,” I was struck by its portrayal of the cycle of life. Going to war does not prolong our individual lives. The invincible army of the once great empire returns to dust to feed yet another empire that arises after its fall. And so the cycle of violence and war goes on through the ages.

    I, too, long for peace. It evades us because the work for peace requires activating those parts of our inner being AND body politic that have been corrupted by fear, anger, hate, and violence. To achieve peace among all of humanity would demand a global awakening to the true essence of who we are as a species and our place in the cycle of Earth’s web of life. Great is the task of the peacemakers among us.

    • I’m hoping and praying for that, “global awakening to the true essence of who we are as a species and our place in the cycle of Earth’s web of life,” as big as a shift as that will be. Thank you for these clear insights, Rosaliene. I’m glad you liked the songs.

  5. I doubt any one really wants to go to war.. So many are conscripted made to go, while others readily join the military ..
    I remember the war in Europe with Yugoslavia and the Croatian war…. Shocking…. So many huge atrocities… Genocide… The same in Africa… Somalia , and Uganda…. remember them?? And yet war, weaponry is still huge business and both our countries sell arms to these nations …
    And who suffers?? Children.. the Elderly and all those caught up within this cycle of leaders pitting One against another for what? Gain, greed, profit… or population control…. Its certainly not beneficial to their nations or citizens no matter who starts a war..
    We ALL have to now say enough is enough …
    But if we cannot find peace within our homes, our families our neighbours, our communities, how can we ever expect Nations to stop waring when we war among ourselves..
    Peace begins within each of us as we learn peace begins from within…

    An enlightening post JoAnna… Thank you ❤

    • Thank you very much, Sue, for your accurate descriptions and true insights. We do need to find peace within ourselves and with our neighbors. It means a lot that you find my post enlightening. Sending peace and blessings to you! ❤

  6. JoAnna, a very touching story about your father’s experiences in the military. Thank you for sharing it. You are justifiably proud of his dedication to duty.

    Every time we have another war, I am filled with negative emotions: disgust, anger, frustration, and a very deep sadness for the human race. I feel for the innocent victims, the soldiers who must follow orders, and even for the aggressive leaders who have lost their humanity. Many are so depraved that they trade human lives for political power and wealth. I would like to remind those leaders of the advice we give to children: Use your words!

    I enjoyed the two beautiful songs!

    • I share your feelings about war. It continues to baffle me how humans have not moved beyond the violence. Thank you for your kind and understanding comment, Cheryl. I’m glad you liked the songs. 🙂

  7. Thank you for sharing!!.. this planet earth had been in conflict and war since mankind learned how to use the club….all war and conflict accomplishes is sow the seeds of suffering, hate and anger… hopefully with today’s technology, mankind can communicate better to gather understanding and work together to build a better world with the pen, not the sword… 🙂

    Until we meet again..
    May you always be blessed
    with walls for the wind,
    a roof for the rain,
    a warm cup of tea by the fire,
    laughter to cheer you,
    those you love near you,
    and all that your heart might desire.
    (Irish Saying)

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