Saturday, November 4, 2017

Dona Nobis Pacem

We are once again participating in the annual BlogBlast 4 Peace. This is the 12th year for this pawsome event and I've been doing my part since 2011. Mimi Lenox, the founder, wanted to know what would happen if the entire blogosphere posted about world peace on the same day using the same title. It hasn't changed the world—yet—but it's provided some creative and wonderful images of peace. The theme this year is Finding Peace in Overwhelming Times. We came up with this post before we learned of the theme and it sure fits.

Dona Nobis Pacem

Over this past year full of turmoil (which I warned of last year), one song has stuck in our head and our heart. It's lyrics are truer that ever. We wanted to post those lyrics here to make it easier for you but don't want any copyright lawyers knocking at our door in a non-peaceful matter.

It's easy to feel hopelessness and despair when reading the news and being bombarded with stories about war, gun violence and vitriol toward people who are different in skin color, sexual orientation, religious beliefs and appearance. Did I mention even more wars with nuclear weapons? I'd be lying if I said I don't ever feel hatred for those—domestically or abroad—who seek to divide us. It's a weakness but it's real and has to be acknowledged and addressed. The song (What's So Funny 'bout) Peace, Love and Understanding challenges the listener who is feeling angry or losing hope in their fellow humans to think about peace, love and understanding. I think we all need to take a deep breath and heed this message.

Dona Nobis Pacem
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(What's So Funny 'bout) Peace, Love and Understanding was written in 1974 by Nick Lowe, who I'm sure couldn't imagine how relevant the song is today in this uncertain world. The song is most associated with Elvis Costello who had a mini hit with it. It's been recorded by over 35 different artists in styles ranging from country, reggae and blues. The version I'm sharing is good old-fashioned rocknroll; a version I wasn't familiar with until researching this post. You can also view it on YouTube.


The video was the finale from the Vote for Change concert in Washington DC on 11.10.2004 and features Bruce Springsteen, Dixie Chicks, John Fogarty, Dave Matthews, Eddie Vedder, R.E.M and a cast of thousands. It's not the best cover version but songs like this belong to the people and are best sung in groups.

If I could, this little ghetto kitteh would take a knee for humanity in 2017 And while I'm kneeling I will pray for peace. Be the change. Namaste and peace out.

33 comments:

Summer at sparklecat.com said...

What a wonderful Peace post, CK! I think you said it all.

speedyrabbit said...

Pawsome Job CK!you're spot on,xx Speedy

Anonymous said...

Be the change. Yes. Peace.

Mickey's Musings said...

Pawsome post!!!!!
Peace, Georgia,Julie and JJ

Lola The Rescued Cat said...

Well said, CK. This is a very powerful post! If only the world could be peaceful.

Tink said...

Pawsome post!
Peace to you ☮

Marg said...

That is such a great peace globe and fantastic post. We sure are all purring for peace. Have a great day.

pilch92 15andmeowing said...

I love your peace globe. I had never heard this song before, I really enjoyed this version. I am going to play it for my hubby, he loves Fogarty ( we saw him in concert 3 times). XO

Marv Marvelous said...

LOVE your graphics on this post CK, you have done a magnificent job. We LOVE this song, Mommy knew a lot of people had covered it and is familiar with the Elvis Costello version. This is one of our favorites though (Mommy had that CD it great for driving don the highway!)
Purrs
Marv (and Mom Barb)

Sherry Marr said...

What heartens me is in the disasters and attacks that have occurred this year, humans helped other humans, without hesitation. It shows that most of humanity wants to live peacefully with each other. We need peaceful leaders.

meowmeowmans said...

I love that song, and I love your peace globe and post, CK. Peace to you, TW and Pop, today and every day!

Marie Symeou said...

Great post!

Purrs and Peace
Athena and Marie xx

Little Binky and Granny said...

Fantastic post, CK❤Great words full of truth, great mysic and purrfect art too. Peaceful Pawkisses for a Happy Caturday­čśś❤­čś╗☮

Dash Kitten said...

A great post and wise words CK.

Caren Gittleman said...

As always, you have poured your heart, soul and brilliant intellect into another heart-felt and thought-provoking post. I ALWAYS agree with you.....you are ALWAYS spot on! Praying for peace along with you my friends. Fabulous post! xoxo catchatwithcarenandcody

The Swiss Cats said...

Beautiful post for peace, CK ! We wish you a peaceful day. Purrs

Maxwell Faraday Richman said...

purrfect peace post - and we love your peace word cloud graphics!

Patty Woodland said...

Beautiful CK

Tamago said...

Great peace post, CK! Peace, love, and understanding are very important especially these days. xo

Melissa, Mudpie and Angel Truffles (Mochas, Mysteries and Meows) said...

We're purring for peace but not holding out too much hope. Too much craziness in the world.

M. K. Clinton said...

Very well said, CK. It is hard to stay positive and think peace is obtainable when so much hatred is spewed everywhere we look. Still, if we don't strive for peace, it will never happen.

Brian said...

We enjoyed your post CK and your peace globe is just beautiful. Sadly, humans don't seem to be too interested in peace or even getting along these days. I sure hope they can change.

The Island Cats said...

Paws up for a wonderful post, CK. We all do need to step back and take a deep breath...and hope we can achieve peace someday.

Kitties Blue said...

Very nicely done, C.K. We wish you peace and love. We are enjoying seeing all the peace posts today and praying that peace will eventually prevail. XOCK, Lily Olivia, Mauricio, Misty May, Giulietta, angel Fiona, Astrid, Lisbeth, Calista Jo and Cooper Murphy

Yamini MacLean said...

Hari OM
Well hello there CK... what a delight to meet you and that too through one of the best days of the year PEACE DAY!!! Hugs and whiskeries, YAM-aunty xxx

The Menagerie Mom said...

We are purring and praying for peace today and every day. Peace to you and your peeps, CK.

Jean Neilson said...

A perfect fit to the question.

Shoko, Kali and Jean...Miss Stunning.

Marv Marvelous said...

CK Darling! You were on my wall of friends! (Glares at Mommy) You were accidentally underneath Dash Kitten, we put you in first and then we were going to trim his header and forgot! We fixed it! You are there now!
We apologize and send you extra special kisses
And Purrs
Marv

Peaches and Paprika said...

What a beautiful peace post creation!!!

modern nomad said...

Beautiful post!
Have a wonderful Sunday...

Noodle and creqw

rose of Walk in the Woods, LLC said...

Fab post. And I so dig the Elvis song. Hadn't heard it in years. Thanks for the ear candy. And the peace.

Eastside Cats said...

All we need is love.

Three Chatty Cats said...

A wonderful post, CK. And beautiful graphics!