peace offering

sunflower seed peace offering to the gods of war

“I have no doubt that we will be successful in harnessing the sun’s energy…. If sunbeams were weapons of war, we would have had solar energy centuries ago.” – Sir George Porter, quoted in The Observer, 26 August 1973.

“Every gun that is made, every warship launched, every rocket fired signifies in the final sense, a theft from those who hunger and are not fed, those who are cold and are not clothed. This world in arms is not spending money alone. It is spending the sweat of its laborers, the genius of its scientists, the hopes of its children. This is not a way of life at all in any true sense. Under the clouds of war, it is humanity hanging on a cross of iron.” ~Dwight D. Eisenhower, speech, American Society of Newspaper Editors, 16 April 1953

Many more quotes here and here.

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8 Responses to “peace offering”

  1. Wayne Says:

    A superb icon, Bev. I really like everything about it – the stark setting, the depiction of the symbol in terms of food for the powerless, and the overall simplicity.

    At this hour, or thereabouts, a peace march on Washington is getting in gear. Here is a former depiction of the message they hope to convey. Not as elegant as yours, from my point of view, but still powerful. I really really hope it will happen.

  2. robin andrea Says:

    A great message, Bev. Both quotes summarize the efforts of industry so well. The photo is really great.

  3. burning silo Says:

    Wayne & robin – Yesterday, after I began making the sign in the snow, the process of doing it began to remind me of a Navajo or Tibetan Buddhist sandpainting. Too bad it wouldn’t work that way – restore balance to the world, or perhaps attract some bad spirits or demons that would be banished and trapped on the “other side” once the chickadees had carried away all the seeds.

  4. John Says:

    Bev, this is exceptional! May I post the photo on my blog with a link back here? It’s a powerful image and a powerful post.

  5. burning silo Says:

    John – Thanks, and sure, that would be fine! Please do.

  6. pablo Says:

    Very well done!

  7. Cindy Says:

    what a great post and photo! This really hits home for me, thanks Bev :)

  8. burning silo Says:

    Pablo and Cindy – Thanks! I’ve since received a few emails from friends who have said it resonated with them in a good way.