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This song is for you if “peace and love” are part of your sacred text, even if that sacred text is written only in your heart. Honestly, it is not our ardent religious or non-religious beliefs that most define us. It is not the color of our skin, our gender, sexual orientation, or ethnicity. We are defined most by how we act in the world, how we act with one another.
I know I have a lot more in common with my atheist, agnostic, Buddhist, Pagan, Christian, Jewish, friends and family who live and breathe love and peace than those who brandish their Bibles or pentagrams or other “sacred texts” but practice hatred. I want to stand with those who want things to be better for all people and beings on this planet, not just for one group or another. Those people are my true tribe.
I am not foolish, and I am not a snowflake. “There is no devil that I won’t wrestle,” to quote my song Southern Sympathizer. The "Yankee" female character's last line is about resistance to domination, a warning that she is not docile. I want to proceed in a commitment to peace and love, but I know that sometimes we need to fight too, sometimes we need to actively resist evil.
I know that human beings are sometimes violent, that like other apes, we are hierarchical. We can be vicious animals. I know that the problems of the world are complex and difficult to solve. But I also believe that humanity can and must evolve towards our better selves if we want to save our own skin. We have to step out of harsh black and white paradigms and into wisdom. Embrace peace, embrace love. Again and again, in the small moments in our own households, and in the large moments of history. I know that is hard to do, but that’s how I am trying to live my life.
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released August 11, 2017
Elizabeth: wrote the song, guitar, vocals, clapping
Brian Castillo: guitars, bass, synth sounds, engineering
Reva Wittenberg: vocals
Robin Toye: percussion