Sunday! “In the Days of John & Yoko”

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…

Yoko Ono and John Lennon, NYC, 1973 | Bob Gruen

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.

The Senate Watergate Hearings (1973)

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.

Vietnam Veterans Against the War: Image Gallery: Photos from the 1970s
(protests in the US in 1973)

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.

(The so-called Capitol Hill Autonomous Zone in Seattle, Washington, USA)

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”…

Peace symbols - Wikipedia

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6 comments

  1. Brad Osborne · July 5

    I loved the comparison of these two different times of unrest and upheaval. You could go back another generation and include the civil rights movement, where protests were historically non-violent, although the cause was just as important. The type of thinking that prescribes violence in pursuit of a just cause, is the same type of thinking that started every war we have ever fought. “Violence is the last refuge of the incompetent” – Isaac Asimov

    • Thank you Brad. I agree one hundred percent with what you’ve said and Asimov’s quote is spot on. I think the protests of the past were directed at something specific that was very easy to note and to name, but these protests of today are manipulated by organisations and even terrorist groups (Antifa) for their ends. They are using people like cannon fodder and using violence, naturally, as they seek destruction. All the best!
      Francisco

  2. POETAS EN LA NOCHE · July 5

    Ojala entendiera el idioma inglés Francisco, me encanta Lennon y toda su música.
    Un abrazo.

    • Tienes razon, deberia escribir mas en castellano…si yo siempre fui fanatico de los Beatles y de hecho que con sus canciones aprendi a hablar ingles…

      • POETAS EN LA NOCHE · July 5

        Ay, Igual que mi marido, él es un Beatlemaniaco y nos ha inculcado la admiración a toda la familia por ellos.

      • ¡Venga! Cuanto me alegro…😊🌹😀

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