Lasith (lasith) wrote,

Only through faith are Gods created!

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A revolution can be neither made nor stopped. The only thing that can be done is for one of several of its children to give it a direction by dint of victories.
Napoleon Bonaparte

Doctors will have more lives to answer for in the next world than even we generals.
Napoleon Bonaparte

It is said that the pen is mightier than the sword. And, somehow, even with all the problems we have on this planet of ours, I still believe that. It is my hope and prayer that the writings, below, can be of some help in stopping wars and keeping wars from starting in the first place. Maybe you can use some of what I send.



“We will bankrupt ourselves in the vain search for absolute security.” Dwight D. Eisenhower (Absolute security is with God alone. SP)


“I hate war as only a soldier who has lived it can, only as one who has seen its brutality, its futility, its stupidity.” Dwight D. Eisenhower


“Peace cannot be kept by force. It can only be achieved by understanding.” Albert Einstein


"We women of one country will be too tender of those of another country to allow our sons to be trained to injure theirs." Julia Ward Howe, who in 1870 issued the original Mother’s Day proclamation calling on women to rise up against war.


“If it were proved to me that in making war, my ideal had a chance of being realized, I would still say “No” to war. For one does not create human society on mounds of corpses.” Louis Levoin


“There never was a good war, or a bad peace.” Benjamin Franklin


“War is the only game in which both sides lose.” Walter Scott


“War is the blackest villainy of which human nature is capable.” Erasmus


“If you had seen one day of war, you would pray to God that you would never see another.” The Duke of Wellington


“You can no more win a war than you can win an earthquake.” Jeanette Rankin first woman member of Congress


“The real and lasting victories are those of peace, and not of war.” Ralph Waldo Emerson


“An eye for an eye leaves the whole world blind.” Ghandi


“… I had finally become anti any kind of war for whatever reason.” Giles- much beloved (especially by the common soldiers) World War II British cartoonist


“I emptied the whole clip into him; then I cried.” Vietnam vet


“We cannot change history but with love we can heal the future.” Kim Phuc (as a little girl in Vietnam, her clothes seared from her body by napalm , she ran screaming from her burning village-on a photograph few will forget)


“If you want to take revenge on somebody, you better dig two graves.” Chinese proverb


“It is a conviction that war is not an answer to human conflict any more than cannibalism is to human hunger.” Bruce Kent International Peace Bureau President at centenary reception, Berne, 1991


“War is not heroics nor is it pride/ It’s a shame to lose all those precious lives…/Where’s the glory? Never again! War Amps of Canada in their theme song, NEVER AGAIN


“As far as I am concerned, war itself is immoral.” Omar Bradley, U.S. five star general, known as the “GI’s general”.


“War will exist until that distant day when the conscientious objector enjoys the same reputation and prestige as the warrior does today.” President John F. Kennedy


“The time has now come for man’s intellect to win out over the brutality, the insanity of war.” Linus Pauling, Nobel Peace Prize recipient in his book No More War


“Does the commandment ‘Thou Shalt Not Kill’ mean nothing to us? Are we to interpret it as meaning “Thou shalt not kill except on the grand scale,’ or ‘Thou shalt not kill except when the national leaders say to do so’?” Linus Pauling


“Every gun that is made, every warship launched, every rocket fired, signifies in the final sense a theft from those who are hungry and are not fed, those who are cold and not clothed.” Dwight D. Eisenhower


“There never was a time when, in my opinion, some way could not be found to prevent the drawing of the sword.” General Grant


(All wars could cease if the above quote, alone, was listened to. As Winston Churchill put it, “To jaw, jaw, is better than to war, war.)


“The more I study the history of the world the more I am convinced of the inability of brute force to create anything durable.” Napolean, on St. Helena


“I have known war as few men now living know it. Its very destructiveness on both friend and foe has rendered it useless as a means of settling international disputes.” General Douglas MacArthur


“Wars can be prevented just as surely as they can be provoked, and we who fail to prevent them must share in the guilt for the dead.” General Omar Bradley


“Mankind must put an end to war or war will put an end to mankind.” President John F. Kennedy


“Folks never understand the folks they hate.” James Russell Lowell


“Today every inhabitant of this planet must contemplate the day when this planet may no longer be habitable. Every man, woman and child lives under a nuclear sword of Damocles, hanging by the slenderest of threads, capable of being cut at any moment by accident or miscalculation or madness.” John F. Kennedy


“Old soldiers never die, but ninety-nine soldiers in a hundred are pitiably young, and they die in their millions, without beginning to guess why it is that life asks that of them. John Keegen, et al. in their book, Soldiers


“In the councils of government, we must guard against the acquisition of unwarranted influence, whether sought or unsought, by the military-industrial complex. The potential for the disastrous rise of misplaced power exists and will persist.” Dwight D. Eisenhower, from his farewell address


“War is not only the denial of Christianity, but of all the most sacred things of life.” Major General John O’Ryan.


“War exhibits principally two characteristics that mark it as essentially devilish, namely murder and deception.” Phillip Mauro


“Die we must, kill we cannot.” Dr. Archie Penner, theologian, and author


“We kind o’ thought Christ went agin war an’ pillage.” James Russell Lowell


“Ours is a world of nuclear giants and ethical infants. We know more about war than we know about peace, more about killing than we know about living. We have grasped the mystery of the atom and rejected the Sermon on the Mount. Omar N. Bradley


“The churches have sacrificed the teaching of Jesus to exigencies of the state.” Dr. W.E. Orchard


“Shall Christians assist the prince of hell, who was a murderer from the beginning, by telling the world of the benefits or the need of war?” John Wesley


“War is as contrary to the spirit of Christianity as murder.” Dr. Adam Clark


“God is forgotten in war; every principle of Christianity is trampled upon.” Sidney Smith


“I find it strange that the last place I can really quote Jesus these days is in American churches. They don’t want to hear `overcome evil with good.’ They don’t want to hear `those who live by the sword die by the sword.’ They don’t want to hear `if your enemy hurts you, do good, feed, clothe, minister to him.’ They don’t want to hear `blessed are the merciful.’ They don’t want to hear `love your enemies.’” Tony Campolo, on the war effort, Christian Week Nov. 27, 2001


“Love, not deadly force, is the Christian’s weapon.” John D. Roth


“We Christians teach against the great vices of the world; but sad to say, we almost overlook the greatest of vices, war.” Theodore Epp


“…violence can never bring peace, and 'putting the sword back in its place’ is admitting God's authority, and confirms God's love for us.” Rev. Chang-whan Kim (speaking to over a million people in Seoul in 1987), as quoted in the book, Ordeal and Glory The 30-Year History of Yoido Full Gospel Church, Korea (a book given to me in S. Korea last winter)

“…confessing the other person’s sins leads to war, while confessing one’s own, leads to peace.” Samuel M. Shoemaker


“I….call to everyone, Christians and the followers of other religions, to work together to build a world without violence, a world that loves life and grows in justice and solidarity.” Pope John Paul II, Kazakhstan, Sept. 2001


“Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.” the Apostle Paul


“But I tell you: Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you.” Jesus


“Thou shalt not kill.” God

The following poem was written by a woman who walked over 25 000 miles for peace in the United States and Canada and who preferred to be simply called "Peace Pilgrim”. The poem may be published for peaceful purposes.





There were two men who had a dispute
Over a boundary line.
One said, "This land belongs to me!"
The other said, "It is mine!"


So they fought and fought like two wild beasts,
And oh, the blood that was shed.
Till one of the men was crippled for life
And the other man was dead!


Then the cripple lived in misery,
And he cried in his despair,
"What fools we were so greedy to be!
There was plenty for both to share!"

I used to rule the world
Seas would rise when I gave the word
Now in the morning I sleep alone
Sweep the streets I used to own

I used to roll the dice
Feel the fear in my enemy's eyes
Listen as the crowd would sing:
"Now the old king is dead! Long live the king!"

One minute I held the key
Next the walls were closed on me
And I discovered that my castles stand
Upon pillars of salt and pillars of sand

I hear Jerusalem bells a ringing
Roman Cavalry choirs are singing
Be my mirror, my sword and shield
My missionaries in a foreign field

For some reason I can't explain
Once you go there was never
Never an honest word
And that was when I ruled the world

It was the wicked and wild wind
Blew down the doors to let me in.
Shattered windows and the sound of drums
People couldn't believe what I'd become

Revolutionaries wait
For my head on a silver plate
Just a puppet on a lonely string
Oh who would ever want to be king?

I hear Jerusalem bells a ringing
Roman Cavalry choirs are singing
Be my mirror, my sword and shield
My missionaries in a foreign field

For some reason I can't explain
I know Saint Peter won't call my name
Never an honest word
But that was when I ruled the world

I hear Jerusalem bells a ringing
Roman Cavalry choirs are singing
Be my mirror, my sword and shield
My missionaries in a foreign field

For some reason I can't explain
I know Saint Peter won't call my name
Never an honest word
But that was when I ruled the world

[edit] Composition

"Viva La Vida" soars in with a grandiose instrumental arrangement and sweeping lyrics detailing the pain of being deposed from a lofty position. The big sound of the song constantly verges on becoming overblown, but Coldplay know how to walk the tightrope perfectly. Bells and chimes and orchestral swells are all there on the chorus, but Chris Martin's voice still pierces through like a clarion call. Lyrically, the pain of the protagonist is clear, but the sweep of words about Jerusalem bells, Roman cavalry, and Saint Peter give "Viva La Vida" an air of intelligence rare in today's most popular pop songs.

Bill Lamb,[5]

The lyrics to "Viva la Vida" contain many religious references.[6] For example, "pillars of salt" is a clear reference to the Biblical story of Lot, whose wife was turned into a pillar of salt. "I know Saint Peter won't call my name" refers to the common Catholic belief that St. Peter guards the gates of heaven. Other likely (but not unambiguous) Biblical references are "Seas would rise when I gave the word" (Moses parting the Red Sea), "... castles stand / Upon ... pillars of sand" (the parable of the man who built his house on sand in chapter 7 of Matthew), and "... my head upon a silver plate" (the beheading of St. John the Baptist: Salome asked to have his head delivered to her upon a platter).

The song has inspired a great deal of debate about its meaning. People have claimed that the song may be about various subjects, such as the French Revolution.[7] The band members themselves do not appear to have corroborated any of these claims, and have referred only to kings and revolutionaries in general, rather than any particular king.

Martin has explained the song lyric "I know Saint Peter won't call my name" in an interview with Q magazine: "It's about ... You're not on the list. I was a naughty boy. It's always fascinated me that idea of finishing your life and then being analyzed on it. And this idea runs throughout most religions. That's why people blow up buildings. Because they think they're going to get lots of virgins. I always feel like saying, just join a band ... That is the most frightening thing you could possibly say to somebody. Eternal damnation. I know about this stuff because I studied it. I was into it all. I know it. It's still mildly terrifying to me. And this is serious."[8] When asked about the song, bass guitarist Guy Berryman said: "It's a story about a king who's lost his kingdom, and all the album's artwork is based on the idea of revolutionaries and guerrillas. There's this slightly anti-authoritarian viewpoint that's crept into some of the lyrics and it's some of the pay-off between being surrounded by governments on one side, but also we're human beings with emotions and we're all going to die and the stupidity of what we have to put up with every day. Hence the album title."[9]

Unlike the typical arrangement of Coldplay songs, in which either the piano or guitar is the prominent instrument, the track mostly consists of a string section playing the song's upbeat riff, along with a steady bass drum beat, percussion (including a timpani and a church bell), bass guitar, and Martin's vocals; there is limited use of electric guitar in the song. All the strings are arranged and performed by violinist Davide Rossi, who is also one of the main collaborators of the album. Rossi's strings comprise the main driving force throughout the song, with a strong beginning loop that supports Martin's voice, until the choruses where the symphonic power of the orchestra takes its fullest shape.[10] The song is played in the key of Ab Major at a tempo of 137bpm, while the vocal range is Eb4-Ab5.[11] Although Coldplay are widely labeled as an "alternative rock" band, the classical composition and historical subject matter of "Viva la Vida" have led to the song being labeled as "baroque pop" and "chamber pop".[12][13]


The official music video for "Viva la Vida" was directed by Hype Williams and premiered at Coldplay's official website on 1 August 2008.[52] The video depicts the band performing against a blurry, warped version of Eugene Delacroix's painting "La Liberté guidant le peuple." The video ends with every band member crumbling to rose petals that fly into the air. Since its release, this video "Viva La Vida" has become one of the most viewed music videos on YouTube, with over 50,000,000 views worldwide.

A second, alternate video was shot in The Hague, the Netherlands, directed by Anton Corbijn and released alongside the first.[53] This second version is a tribute to Corbijn's video for Depeche Mode's "Enjoy the Silence" and portrays Chris Martin as the king from whose perspective the song is sung. During the video, he carries Eugene Delacroix's painting "La Liberté guidant le peuple.". At the end, he hangs the picture up in a white stall on top of a hill. As he sings the last chorus, his band mates surface heading his way, tying in loose ends from the "Violet Hill" video.


"Viva la Vida" has become the band's highest-charting single. Fueled by high digital sales, the song peaked at the top spot of the U.S. Billboard Hot 100, becoming the band's first US number-one single and their second top ten on the Hot 100.[43][44] It is the first song by a British group to reach number-one on the Billboard Hot 100 since "Wannabe" by the Spice Girls in 1996,[45] and it is the first song by a British rock band to top the chart since UB40's 1993 song "Can't Help Falling in Love". Although the song was initially successful in digital sales,[43][44] after being released, it went on to become the band's highest-charting single in American radio, becoming their first top ten hit on the Hot 100 Airplay where it peaked at number eight.[46] It had also become the band's first number-one single on the Billboard Modern Rock Tracks chart.[47] "Viva la Vida" also became the first song to top both the Hot 100 and Modern Rock chart since Nickelback's "How You Remind Me" in 2001 and 2002. On the Billboard Hot Adult Top 40 Tracks, the song has become the band's first number one, as well as the first single on the Capitol Records label to ever top the chart.[48] The single has been certified triple platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America.[49]. The song also become one of six songs to reach the 4 million mark in paid digital downloads.

The single was also successful in the United Kingdom. Although the song had been disqualified from the UK charts due to initially being available only by pre-ordering the album on iTunes, it became eligible to chart after the album was released. "Viva la Vida" hit number one on the UK Singles Chart, becoming Coldplay's first chart-topping single in the UK.[50] The song remained in the top 40 through early 2009, and on 15 March 2009 dropped to number 34.[citation needed]

In Canada, the single made a "Hot Shot Debut" at number four on the Canadian Hot 100 on the issue of 24 May, making it Coldplay's highest debut there.[51] It is also Coldplay's highest charting single in Australia, where it reached number 2.

In Spain, the single peaked at #2 and achieved Double Platinum status due to the 80,000 copies sold. It also had a strong airplay in the spanish radio stations.

(A story of Men or Nations)

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