October 25, 2008


We officially begin our blog with a photograph of the Imagine mosaic (dedicated to John Lennon) at Strawberry Fields in New York City's Central Park. Although similar images are ubiquitous among the city's vendors and gift shops, it is still an important snapshot of the city to share. John Lennon wrote "Imagine all the people, living life in peace". But here we are, reflecting almost 30 years after John's death and well into the 21st century. For a multitude of questionable reasons, people and countries continue to become embroiled in war after endless war.     

Here it is, for the record. It is estimated that well over 20 million people died as a direct result of World War I. An estimated 60-70 million people lost their lives as a direct result of the conflicts of World War II. Overall, it is estimated that over 160 million people died due to the destructive wars of the twentieth century. Where are we headed now? Who or what are you fighting for?  

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