Friday, October 9, 2009


Imagine all the people living life in peace. You may say I'm a dreamer, but I'm not the only one. I hope someday you'll join us, and the world will live as one.
John Lennon (9 october 1940 - 1980) musician, artist, peace activist

today on what would have been john's 69th birthday the nobel peace prize was awarded to another dreamer - barack obama. the announcement shocks many, including myself.

after reading the press release, provided below in it's entirety, my shock is replaced with understanding and a renewed sense of hope. by choosing obama the committee in a clever way issues a challenge to the world. that challenge is that each of us must come together to realize the shared vision of the committee, obama, and of all the people living for today - together we make the world a better place, a place that where we can live as one.

The Norwegian Nobel Committee has decided that the Nobel Peace Prize for 2009 is to be awarded to President Barack Obama for his extraordinary efforts to strengthen international diplomacy and cooperation between peoples. The Committee has attached special importance to Obama's vision of and work for a world without nuclear weapons.

Obama has as President created a new climate in international politics. Multilateral diplomacy has regained a central position, with emphasis on the role that the United Nations and other international institutions can play. Dialogue and negotiations are preferred as instruments for resolving even the most difficult international conflicts. The vision of a world free from nuclear arms has powerfully stimulated disarmament and arms control negotiations. Thanks to Obama's initiative, the USA is now playing a more constructive role in meeting the great climatic challenges the world is confronting. Democracy and human rights are to be strengthened.

Only very rarely has a person to the same extent as Obama captured the world's attention and given its people hope for a better future. His diplomacy is founded in the concept that those who are to lead the world must do so on the basis of values and attitudes that are shared by the majority of the world's population.

For 108 years, the Norwegian Nobel Committee has sought to stimulate precisely that international policy and those attitudes for which Obama is now the world's leading spokesman. The Committee endorses Obama's appeal that "Now is the time for all of us to take our share of responsibility for a global response to global challenges."

photo: strawberry fields, new york city, august 2008


Anonymous said...

I'm doing my share for the global thing( reduced my carbon footprint, considerably for starters ). As for the Democracy and Rights thing, there's still a lot to be done on that, even in our own country, yes? Email me on that kimy, if you please?

mum said...

I've just emerged from storyland to learn of it here first.

My initial reaction is a fervent wish that the prize be understood, not only by its recipient, President Obama, but by those working with him, as a renewed call to the use of reason and restraint even under the strongest provocations from those world leaders who do not want peace. That is the real challenge.

That said, I think it serves as a great symbol of what another Nobel prize winner, Greek poet George Seferis said in his own acceptance speech in 1963:

"In our gradually shrinking world, everyone is in need of all the others. We must look for man wherever we can find him. When on his way to Thebes Oedipus encountered the Sphinx, his answer to its riddle was: "Man". That simple word destroyed the monster. We have many monsters to destroy. Let us think of the answer of Oedipus."

Best from Graulhet.

Unknown said...

I woke up to the Peace Prize news this morning. I got the impression that Pres. Obama was as shocked as everybody else. I hope he -- and we -- will rise to the challenge.

Thank you for the Lennon moment.

ArtSparker said...

Like you, I hope it motivates Obama to stick to his principles.

Kate Hanley said...

I'm as shocked as the others but I join with everyone in the hope that the prize renews our efforts towards peace.

Linda Pendleton said...

I can't say I was shocked, but was surpised. President Obama has brought world respect back and he is a visionary and is reaching out to others in the world, and not only repesents change but hope for better tomorrows.

Roy said...

Hmmm... I dunno. Given the reasons the committee gave for choosing President Obama as the prize recipient this year, I'd say we, the American voters, are the ones who earned the prize; we were the ones who threw the bums out of office and put the people we want in in their place. And thet can forward the prize check to the U.S. Treasury.

That said, I agree that I hope this gives the President the motivation to keep going in the direction he indicated in his campaign.

I hadn't realized today was Lennon's birthday. Thanks for the reminder and the great video.

37paddington said...

mouse, this is perfect. thank you for this. You put everything is such perspective. Didn't realize it was John Lennon's birthday, too.

and to roy, the previous commenter. I know what you mean, but it couldn't have happened without a candidate who made us believe that things really could be better. otherwise, it might well have been the same old, same old.

I, for one, am thrilled and think Obama is a completely deserving recipient. and I think he too recognizes that this prize is not just for him, but for the people who had the courage to elect a person of his particular bent and approach and vision.

Baino said...

I was shocked as well. Frankly I think it's a little premature to be giving Obama the Peace Prize but I look forward to him 'realising' his hope for the future and implementing the much promised 'change'. Linda is absolutely right, he has done wonders for the US reputation overseas. George W was becoming a laughing stock on the world stage and in this global village, that's a damaging thing.

I can't believe John Lennon would be 69!

Life is good...except for sometimes. said...

Great post, as usual. Love how you express your thoughts. And almost always, I completely agree. Not to mention your terrific photography. Wish you were here to capture our new baby family of squirrels and their mama too. xooxP

The Blue Elephant said...

IMAGINE, for me, is Number One in the hymnal for the Humanist Church/Temple/Community of the future. Thanks. I am not squeamish about facing the cruelty of the world, but, in this case, I think the insertion of an exploding pistol was out of place. I love the living John Lennon too much to let him become another crucified savior; the man who lived should overshadow the man victimized by another's envy. Don't let his murderer succeed in freezing Lennon into an icon for martrydom -- I am certain Lennon would hate that. But, except for that, which keeps me from bookmarking the video, it is always great to hear him sing his great global message. Thanks.

Erin Wallace said...

I came across your amazing blog on google reader. You have another subscriber.

I voted for President Obama, and unlike so many around me (in my HIGHLY Republican, Obama-is-the-Anti-Christ town), I still have faith in him. But I didn't understand why he was deserving of the Nobel Peace Prize; Mother Teresa, Ghandi, yes, but President Obama? Thank you so much for posting the press release explaining the committee's decision.