Stuff We Need: Love…


…because it’s all you need.

I’ll tell you what’s wrong with this world of ours. It’s not corruption, greed, terrorism, planetary destruction, etc.

From Ode Magazine:

This movement began with the creation of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, a set of fundamental human rights for all people, which was adopted unanimously in 1948 by all countries in the UN. This movement can be completed by the year 2048, the 100th anniversary of the Universal Declaration. The way to accomplish this is first, by educating all people, including students, in all countries about the human rights they all share; and second, by drafting a document, an international bill of rights, that embodies humanity’s agreement to live together and that is enforceable in the courts of all countries. This document is called an International Convention on Human Rights because a convention is a treaty that can be agreed to by all countries.

The problem with this world is that too many people read an article like that one and reflexively write it off as the product of an idealistic, head-in-the-clouds, dreamer hippie who doesn’t understand anything about how the “real world” works.

Now, I don’t profess to be expressing a radically original thought here. George Harrison’s gorgeous lament Isn’t It A Pity is a wonderful take on an idea that is thousands of years old:

Isn’t it a pity
Now, isn’t it a shame
How we break each other’s hearts
And cause each other pain
How we take each other’s love
Without thinking anymore
Forgetting to give back
Isn’t it a pity

Some things take so long
But how do I explain
When not too many people
Can see we’re all the same
And because of all their tears
Their eyes can’t hope to see
The beauty that surrounds them
Isn’t it a pity

I’m just acutely feeling it today for some reason.

Another favorite musical artist of mine, Pete Townshend, during the rise of radical rightwing war mongering in the late 1990s and early 2000s, from a source that no amount of Googling could locate, was quoted as saying:

Whatever happened to all that lovely hippie shit?

But remember, love isn’t just for hippies.

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