On the 25th June 1967, I was just one of 350 million people who tuned in to see my fellow Liverpudlians, ‘The Beatles’ perform ‘All You Need Is Love’. Many people will say, neither the song nor the peace movement of the 1960’s changed anything but for for me they did. My parents lived through the Second World War and my grandparents survived the First World War. Many of The Baby Boom generation, of which I am a proud and fully paid up member were determined to try to live in peace and harmony. Some of us have been lucky to do so these past sixty years, thanks to those brave souls who laid down their lives, in order for us to do so.
Now, more than ever we need to listen to ‘All You Need Is Love’, read Martin Luther’s Sermon, ‘I Have A Dream’ or pull up a warm chair and immerse ourselves in my favourite war poem, ‘Dulce et Decorum Est’ by Wilfred Owen.
I am a firm believer, that the ‘pen is indeed mightier than the sword’ as words, symbols and images, can galvanise the world and leave a legacy far more poignant and powerful than violence. Nearly anyone with access to the media has seen the heartbreaking and shocking atrocities in Paris. Similar acts of violence are taking place across the globe. Yet, in the midst of ‘Mans Inhumanity to Man’, a young French artist, Jean Jullien, felt the need to create a symbol of peace which has gone viral.
Jean Jullien’s image reminded me of a very famous Rebus which was created in the 1960’s. I have fused the two symbols together as a tribute to those who walk in peace and to those, who have given their lives so that we all can live in peace and that includes, the Parisian victims, their families and indeed all the fallen and their families, every where.
The Ace of Spades is the highest card in the deck and said to be the symbol of death. It is also the symbol of spiritual attainment and what better way to achieve enlightenment than to lay down your life for your fellow man.
To each and everyone of you, ‘We Will Remember!’
My name is Steve Howard. You have been reading the Digital Circus.