Monday, January 4, 2010

Flower Child

Hello Optimists,

I went to see Hair on Broadway this fall and couldn't help but be transported back to the 70's...the times of Woodstock, bell-bottom jeans, groovy avacado-colored appliances, and of course, the hippie protests against the war. This was a time to celebrate life, freedom, the opportunity to make your voice heard in the wake of change, and the illegal(?) use of marijuana. One of the main themes in the musical centered around the Vietnam war and its effect on the American people. This is still a very controversial topic today, and when I came across today's featured quote, it seemed like it would come right from the mouth of a Flower Child of the 70's....

War doesn't determine who's right. It determines who's left. 

And though I have no desire to go back in time to experience the hippie years, I will say that I love this quote. Besides the cute little play-on-words with the "right" and "left", it really does have a strong message behind it. (And you wonder why English is so difficult to word can have so many completely different meanings!) Anyway, war is a complicated thing that doesn't always determine who's right in a situation- all it does is eliminate those who cannot defeat their opponents, and leaves one side left standing. Now I'm not only talking about war as in WWII or Vietnam or whatever is even going on in the Middle East...this could be any type of "war", like a disagreement with your sister or that idiot who punched your friend in the face at the bar last night. It doesn't matter what the situation is, the end result of these wars won't always tell us who was in the wrong. So, choose your battles wisely. 

If you were a "Flower Child" and like to relive your Woodstock days, then you certainly know what we're talking about here. If you're like me and need to rely on Broadway revivals to take you "back to the day", that's ok too...just take a minute to think about today's quote, in or out of context, and remember the important message behind it, ya dig me?

Keep Smiling,
Optimal Optimist

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