On the second day of April, 1973, John Lennon and Yoko Ono gave a press conference in New York City to announce the “birth” of their new nation, NUTOPIA. It was a concept nation, without land, without borders. Only those who wished to be citizens would be, and all citizens of Nutopia were also ambassadors of Nutopia. The concept land had no laws beyond the cosmic ones that stressed peace, love and respect for life…
Their intention was, as “ambassadors” of a new country, to seek diplomatic immunity in the United States as in 1973, the Nixon administration had decided that they did not want John Lennon to relocate to the United States.
It was a symbolic gesture. The creation of a “new land” that existed because cosmic law demanded it as the principal law…of Christianity and of the Universe…is to go forwards and procreate, to work the land, to prosper in love and in peace. John and Yoko were speaking during a time when there were still grave problems for a country like the US to resolve. However, the move was to find peace and to shun violence.
Flash forwards to 2020 and Seattle. The creation of the Capitol Hill Autonomous Zone (CHAZ), developed out of violence, out of hatred and out of disrespect for cosmic law. The protesters occupied an area of land that did not belong to them. They demanded things of the government that they did not deserve. They created an ambience of hostility and violence that resulted in four people getting shot, including two police officers and a young teenager. Finally, the Chief of the Seattle Police Department said CHAZ was “dangerous and unacceptable” and on 01 July, the authorities finally cleared the area of their illegal occupants.
I only want to contrast and to compare. One, 1973, a year still considered as part of the tumultuous late sixties and early seventies when people were demonstrating and protesting important things like the Vietnam War. The other 2020, when, amidst a pandemic that had killed close to half a million people worldwide, protests broke out with violence, without a clearly defined cause and with the participation of organised groups…one, Antifa, a terrorist organisation…bent on destruction.
The dream of John and Yoko was peace. Their slogan was “War is Over if You Want it” and “Give Peace a Chance”…
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