Wednesday, December 7, 2011

all you need is love

All major religious traditions carry basically the same message, that is love, compassion and forgiveness the important thing is they should be part of our daily lives.
Dalai Lama (b. 1935)


wall wednesday continues.

i guess it is debatable whether the officials in the vatican got the memo about what his holiness the dalai lama suggests is the universal message of 'all major religious traditions.'

the vatican really got its panties in a bunch recently over benetton's 'unhate' campaign - the campaign was quite the buzz a couple weeks ago. i'm sure everyone is familiar the benetton ads, they feature various world leaders kissing. the vatican threatened legal action against the clothing company. the company withdrew the ads featuring a photoshopped pope benedict kissing an egyptian imam, the sheik ahmed el-tayeb.

geez some people just don't have any imagination or sense of humor!

benetton is known for its provocative advertising campaigns; according to the company -
Its aim was to “contrast the culture of hatred and promote closeness between peoples, faiths, cultures and the peaceful understanding of each other’s motivations. The central theme is the kiss, the most universal symbol of love.” (source)


the beatles all you need is love. the song was first preformed for the public on 25 june, 1967 for our world, the first live global television link. the bbc commissioned the beatles to write a song for the uk's contribution. the project was conceived by a bbc producer named aubrey singer.

nineteen countries were asked to participate in this 2-1/2 hour show. part of the ground rules for the program was that no politicians or heads of state participate. however, although politicians were prohibited from participating they still wielded power over the production, according to an article in the cbc archives 4 days before the broadcast 5 of the countries dropped out because of political reasons (for all you curious cats and mice the countries that dropped out were: the ussr and the then eastern bloc countries of poland, czechoslovakia, hungary and east germany. the leaders of these countries dropped out to protest the west's reaction to the six-day war in the middle east)



by the way, the original program was transmitted in black and white. later segments were colorized as we see in the vid below.



Love, Love, Love.
Love, Love, Love.
Love, Love, Love.

There's nothing you can do that can't be done.
Nothing you can sing that can't be sung.
Nothing you can say but you can learn how to play the game.
It's easy.

Nothing you can make that can't be made.
No one you can save that can't be saved.
Nothing you can do but you can learn how to be you in time.
It's easy.

All you need is love.
All you need is love.
All you need is love, love.
Love is all you need.

All you need is love.
All you need is love.
All you need is love, love.
Love is all you need.

Nothing you can know that isn't known.
Nothing you can see that isn't shown.
Nowhere you can be that isn't where you're meant to be.
It's easy.

All you need is love.
All you need is love.
All you need is love, love.
Love is all you need.

All you need is love (All together, now!)
All you need is love. (Everybody!)
All you need is love, love.
Love is all you need (love is all you need)
(love is all you need) (love is all you need)
(love is all you need) Yesterday (love is all you need)
(love is all you need) (love is all you need)

Yee-hai!
Oh yeah!
love is all you need, love is all you need,love is all you need, love is all you need, oh yeah oh hell yea! love is all you need love is all you need love is all you need


photo: cleveland november 2011

7 comments:

junkthief said...

I do love the unhate campaign and have been trying to embrace that concept. It's most important, to even unhate the haters, from the Vatican down to the people whose petty rudeness can put me into such a righteous rage. Wars have been fought over very petty things. Well, what war hasn't been pretty petty but with profound material and human costs?

Steve Reed said...

I think the unhate photos make people uncomfortable because of their potentially sexual connotation. If those world leaders were offering each other friendly, brotherly kisses that would be one thing. But what kind of kisses are those, exactly?

Martin said...

I remember the original B&W transmission very well.

tut-tut said...

I didn't know that about All You Need Is Love!

Have a lovely Thursday (hope your Wednesday was lovely as well)

Daisy said...

I didn't know about this bit of history. Always something new to learn Pearl!

tony said...

LOVE is 360 degrees, or it is nothing....

e said...

Very timely as Dec. 8th was also the 31st anniversary of John Lennon's death.