Many musicians and famous personalities stood against the Bush/Cheney wars, and then totally stood down once Obama took the helm. Michael Franti is my biggest disappointment in this regard. His “Yell Fire” CD is one of my favorites, and is powerfully antiwar. And he motived people in his many concerts.
But what Neil says, here, is disheartening too. I admire, greatly, the whole CSN&Y team for stepping out as boldly as they did — again — about 30 years since they protested Vietnam. It’s engrained in them to speak up — so I thought — before reading this about Neil.
And just today, we hear the news: Neil Young Files for Divorce From Pegi Young, Wife of 36 Years. Ughhh!
I’ve heard Neil questioning God in his songs, kind of like Roger Waters. I wonder what Neil is thinking. Certainly, he’s seen the evangelicals pushing the wars longer and as loud as the country western people. That must be confusing, and it should infuriate people who do have a heart, and have eyes to see — when we realize that none of these wars were self-defense and justified.
Now, at least in this 2012 interview, Neil is saying that maybe wars aren’t right or wrong, or maybe they can be both right and wrong. It just depends upon one’s point of view — whose side you are on?
In this one sense, Neil does seem to be thinking there is no God. So then there wouldn’t be absolute truth, right or wrong.
“So you really can’t have an opinion,” he says.
“How can you know all of the reasons?” This reminds me of this song, which I haven’t heard for so long that I forgot who wrote and sung it:
Well, Neil, I hope you listen to Alex Jones and some other infowarriors who point out other aspects behind what’s really going on, so you can find out the real reason and forces behind these wars.
It really is God verses Satan, and demons and angels whom we don’t see, but who do their dirty and totally clean work every day in men’s hearts. And when we don’t understand how actively Satan works it maybe does seem futile — if God were actually sanctioning everything that took place on planet Earth.
Free will + evil, unseen forces that drive men to stumble = chaos, and then despair.
A really good album that makes sense of this is Bob Dylan’s “Slow Train Coming.” How Bob could have it that together and then go back into Judaism baffles me. He said he sold his soul. I hope he reclaims it before it’s too late.
I usually don’t do this at ToBeFree.
Let’s overcome. There is a way out of this mess — if we abide in Him — and obey with our whole heart, the One Above Who is all Goodness.
There’s not much time to get our act together before it’s too late. I’m actually trying to get real Christianity happening, which looked like this in Wales, and can be amazing, again:
Effects of the WELSH REVIVAL 1904-05: Whole communities were radically changed FROM DEPRAVITY TO GLORIOUS GOODNESS. The CRIME RATE dropped, often to nothing. THE POLICE had little more to do than supervise the coming and going of the people to the chapel prayer meetings. The UNDERGROUND MINES echoed with the sounds of PRAYER and HYMNS, instead of nasty jokes and gossip. People who had fallen out became FRIENDS AGAIN!!!!!!!
Life in the Son!!!
Neil Young changes tune on war, slightly
During the Bush administration, rocker Neil Young didn’t mince his words: He wasn’t a fan of the president, especially in the realm of foreign policy.
His 2006 album, Living With War, was a harsh rebuke of George W. Bush, especially the not-so-subtle track, “Let’s Impeach the President.”
Gross asks about the song “Love and War” on his 2010 album, Le Noise, which includes the following lyric:
When I sing about love and war /
I don’t really know what I’m saying.
“And I think that sums it up,” Young said. “Because they’re very deep subjects. You can’t possibly know what it means to somebody else. War to one person may mean a justified thing that’s happening for a very good reason, and another person may think that’s a terrible thing and never should have happened. And another person will be thinking that he lost his sister or his brother or his mother in the war and it was a waste of time. And another person could be thinking the exact opposite: that his brother went to war and gave his life for our country. So you can’t really have an opinion, although I have opinions and I’ve had them and I’ve made very loud statements about things. But that’s the way I felt at the time.
“When I did the Living With War album, I was very outspoken about the anger I felt about certain things that were happening at that time in history. But again, I was no more right than the people who believed in it because it was such a big thing — how can you know? How can you know all of the reasons and everything that’s happening? I just don’t enjoy war. I’m not like a fan of war. And love can be very damaging, and it can be very good. So you just don’t know where to go with these things. So I wrote about that — the quandary of not knowing what to do with any of those things. It’s kind of a useless point of view.”
Rethinking Matthew 24: “…then the end will come” — after the Pete Townshends “know?” — Millions, if not billions of people, right now, are not compelled to become Christians because of the bitter taste that professing Christians are leaving in their stomachs … People have a right to see the real thing!