Thursday, September 13, 2007

The Dogs of War

Snow Patrol - You're All I Have



Video runs for about 3m47s

I have been listening a lot to Snow Patrol, as Phoebe testified on a recent car journey to Manchester. All the songs are pretty good, but the one above has really tasked me these last few weeks.

It seems that wherever I look in these days of ours, from South Africa to the carnage in Iraq where the innocent blood of 3000 killed on Sept 11 2001 has been mixed with the innocent blood of undeniably more in another futile war, chaos is gripping the whole world.

In Shakespeare's Julius Caesar the following is quoted...

A curse shall light upon the limbs of men;
Domestic fury and fierce civil strife
Shall cumber all the parts of Italy;
Blood and destruction shall be so in use
And dreadful objects so familiar
That mothers shall but smile when they behold
Their infants quarter’d with the hands of war;
All pity choked with custom of fell deeds:
And Caesar’s spirit, ranging for revenge,
With Ate by his side come hot from hell,
Shall in these confines with a monarch’s voice
Cry ‘Havoc,’ and let slip the dogs of war;
That this foul deed shall smell above the earth
With carrion men, groaning for burial.

It is a fact that a fire is a whole lot easier to start than it is to put out, one small flame can kindle a whole world of fire. So with listening to Snow Patrol it struck me from the opening line, that for me there is one objective/purpose in life.

It is not the purpose of the reductionist gospel of the evangelical fundamentalists who have salvation as the common denominator for their fractious groupings.


You see my (your) purpose, be it in home, community, self, committee's, church, wherever I am, is simply as Snow Patrol puts it in the opening line...to 'train this chaos turn it into light'. If we do not do this then the lions of destruction will continue to ravage this world, ripping and tearing and leaving people in pieces.

We cannot solve the world's ills, but we can be a people who take what is dark and chaotic and transform it into light and order.


Let's train this chaos turn it into light,
I've gotta see you one last night,
Before the lions take their share,
Leave us in pieces, scattered everywhere

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