Say what you will about Yoko Ono’s art, there is no denying that she is unique. Who else will put several $100,000 full-page notices in The New York Times displaying only the word “Peace” or “Imagine Peace” in small type with the rest of the page blank? No elaboration, no examples of the ravages of war or mention of people “waging peace” around the country and world. Inscrutable, yes. Effective, who knows, except maybe Yoko Ono?
“Our problems stem from our acceptance of this filthy, rotten system.” — Dorothy Day
I interviewed Yoko Ono on Thursday, January 4th for Cindy Sheehan’s Soapbox Radio Show. The interview itself, besides being a great coup for my show, struck a deep chord with me.
(SOAPBOX #82) – Cindy welcomes famous peace activist Yoko Ono. Long before there was a John and Yoko, she grew up in Japan during the end of World War II. It didn’t take much more to make her a committed peace activist. It had a critical formative influence on her whole life. They discuss the historical growth of the peace movement, plus rippling effects from the dawning public recognition of just how much our “democratically elected” government lies to us. Yoko and Cindy both suffered great tragic losses in their lives. Cindy asks how she could possibly keep going and stay so strong and so positive. Yoko just answers, “It was the only thing I could do.” Optimism is NEEDED. Both observe we need to “take a sad song – and make it better!”