Innocence - The first casualty of war

Updated: Feb 2

In the song 'Children of War' I ask the questions..., questions I still don't have the answers to. If world leaders want to duel out their differences, let them; but there is no need for them to play chess with our lives. If we ALL realised the absolute futility of war and all the armies in the world decided not to fight and kill each other, the world would be a very different place. I’m not saying there will be no suffering, oppression or conflict, but there are other ways of dealing with it that doesn’t result in the deaths of thousands of innocent people. Plato said that “only the dead have seen the end of war”. But I hope and believe that with the spiritual awakening and shifts in the raising of consciousness that we can bring about positive changes for humankind and our world. The truth is starting to come out. As an artist I feel that it is my responsibility to write about and bring awareness to pressing issues.


“Politics is war without bloodshed, while war is politics with bloodshed.” Mao Zedong. The song ‘Children of War’ is a plea and a call to action. For how long will we allow governments to legally kill thousands? They always have a ‘good’ reason and the mass media their propaganda machine to manufacture our consent, and we give it. (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Manufacturing_Consent )


“Hate does not end hate, only love can end hate.” Andrew Garfield. In the same way war will not bring peace, only peaceful actions can bring about peace. And when there is peace, it doesn’t mean that there will never be any conflict, but rather that these conflicts can be handled in a peaceful manner. There is a solution to every problem, but we need to want a solution, and since war is profitable, governments and large organisations will ensure that war continues.


“This will be our reply to violence: to make music more intensely, more beautifully, more devoutly than ever before. Art never stopped a war and never got anybody a job. Art cannot change events. But it can affect people so that they are changed… enriched, ennobled, encouraged. They then act in a way that may affect the course of events… by the way they vote, the way they behave, the way they think.” Leonard Bernstein.

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Children of War

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Photographs of Chantal by Robert Kirsner

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