Woody Guthrie rambled round in the thirties, forties and fifties in America. He travelled with black and white alike. He stood for fairness and justice. He stood on picket lines with working men striking for a fair wage and fair treatment. He opposed injustice, racism, sexism and elitism.
He wrote songs like nobody had ever heard before.
The quote I am going to give from him is the one he painted on his guitar –
‘This machine kills fascists’
It is a simple concept for a complex issue. He was saying that you do not destroy poisonous ideology like fascism and fundamentalism with guns – you destroy them with music, with words, with education. You change the minds not blow up the bodies.
That has informed my life.
Music is a powerful tool for changing people’s minds and awakening their humanity and love of their fellow men and women. The guitar was Woody’s weapon and a powerful one it was too.
Education is the other tool.
We won’t defeat ISIS on the battlefield alone – we need to educate the fools who believe in violence.
I nominate the following people;
Mary is into the environment with beautiful photos. I’m sure she could come up with a quote or two.
Matt is full of Beat poetry – Bukowski is his scene – though a bit of Kerouac and Ginsberg are not far awa.
Georgina writes about the incredible nature in Spain and Portugal.
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