It's the same in any lingo

בַּת-בָּבֶל, הַשְּׁדוּדָה: אַשְׁרֵי שֶׁיְשַׁלֶּם-לָךְ-- אֶת-גְּמוּלֵךְ, שֶׁגָּמַלְתּ לָנוּ
אַשְׁרֵי שֶׁיֹּאחֵז וְנִפֵּץ אֶת-עֹלָלַיִךְ-- אֶל-הַסָּלַע

How can one be compelled to accept slavery? I simply refuse to do the master's bidding. He may torture me, break my bones to atoms and even kill me. He will then have my dead body, not my obedience. Ultimately, therefore, it is I who am the victor and not he, for he has failed in getting me to do what he wanted done. ~ Mahatma Gandhi
If I am not for myself, who will be for me? If I am not for others, what am I? If not now, when? ~ Rav Hillel, Pirke Avot

This Red Sea Pedestrian Stands against Judeophobes

This Red Sea Pedestrian Stands against Judeophobes
Wear It With Pride

08 December 2008

Listen to the Color of Your Dreams

Today marks the 28th anniversary of the slaying of John Lennon.  People talk about generational markers, points of significance, and how you relate to them.  "Where were you when JFK was assassinated?"  "Where were you when the Challenger exploded?"  For me the question is, "Where were you when John Lennon was killed?"

I was asleep.

My brother, who was already up getting ready for school, woke me saying, "Get up, John Lennon was shot.  He's dead."

My response was, of course, "Shut the fuck up."  He told me to turn on the radio.  It was true.  And so, another of my heroes shot dead in cold blood.  Fucking great.  There was only one other kid in my elementary school class who was as into music, and specifically the Beatles, as I was.  We wanted to stay home, but the death of a rock hero was not considered a sufficient excuse for staying home from school, but apparently the Phillies winning their first World Series title was. 

But John wasn't just a rock hero to me.  He was a revolutionary.  He was a revolution.  He made us rethink how we looked at the world; how we looked at civil rights, how we looked at women.  I believe that if he could have, he would have set all of humanity free.  

In some ways you did John.  You set us free by helping us remember how to think, and feel.  You set us free by toying with language.  You set us free with music.  And most of all, you showed us that human beings have the capacity to defeat their demons and change who they are, why they are, where they are, and how they are.  He wanted us to reimagine the world.

Today seems like the perfect day to do that.

1 comment:

petunia politik said...

i'm revealing too much, but i was in my parent's car when the news of john lennon's shooting was announced over the radio. i was on my way to long island to pick out the flowers for my wedding, oh joy. (marriage has since been dissolved.) as i sat in the back seat, prisoner of the driver, i sobbed and screamed, "take me home. i don't wanna get the damned flowers." you know how well that went over. we continued with the day and i was left to my own devices, trying to reconcile the murder of someone i revered, while picking out stinking bouquets for a wedding i didn't revere at all.