I’ll start out by stating that I am a big fan of John Denver music. (You probably already knew that). As much as I enjoy his music, I am also a fan of his philosophy, which comes through in his music.
One song that caught my attention the first time I heard it – “Let Us Begin (What are we making weapons for?)”
He wrote this song after spending time in Russia and visiting many of the locations mentioned. John Denver then recorded the song as a duet with the leading Russian singer/songwriter at that time.
It’s a powerful song. If you not familiar with the lyrics, click here (skip the ad) to see John Denver share his story and listen and view his associated song and video on YouTube.
A New Thought
John Denver often used metaphors throughout his songs to offer further meaning to the lyrics.
It’s easy to view this video understanding the term “weapons” means military weapons, or any item that we typically term a “weapon”. What if we view the song more abstractly, as one large metaphor for anything that prevents us from obtaining peace in our lives?
We probably can’t do much about the military situations that exist throughout the world ourselves, but using this song as a springboard, couldn’t we be asking ourselves, what is it in our own circle of life that is the “weapon”?
Once identfied, ask “What are we making (insert your own term) for?”
The “weapon”, in this thought, could be a metaphor for the words we use that create conflict. It could also be the attitudes and beliefs we hold that prevent each of us from seeing the good and value another brings.
The “weapon” could be simply our misunderstanding of situations, or our refusal to open ourselves to the third alternative (per Stephen Covey, “Seven Habits of Highly Effective People”).
If we were to collectively make a list of terms or situations, no doubt it would lengthy.
Having said that, regardless of how we personally view and interpret the song, to quote John Denver (lyrics from this song):
“If peace is our vision, Let us begin”