“(What’s So Funny ‘Bout) Peace, Love and Understanding”

As to the question implied in the title, the obvious answer is “nothing.” What could be strange, odd, or amusing about these virtues?

This is the name of a marvelous song, written by Nick Lowe in 1974, and memorably recorded by Elvis Costello in 1979.The lyrics include these lines: As I walk through this wicked world, searching for light in the darkness of insanity, I ask myself, Is all hope lost? Is there only pain and hatred and misery?'”

These lyrics could meaningfully have been penned today. Or yesterday. Or January 6th, 2021.

In our deeply divided country, we are each faced with options of how we react to troubling events, and the people who perpetrate them, as well as those who tacitly or openly condone violence and hatred.

I deeply believe in the power of peace, and the power of love. And most days, even with those of a radically different perspective, I can stay in a good place. But understanding? That’s not happening. How can we understand that which is irrational?

Theologian Ted Peters wrote a book entitled, “Sin: Radical Evil in Soul and Society.” In it he makes the case that evil is inherently irrational. No amount of rational argument, no evidence, or statistics will touch the actions and arguments of those bent on destruction.

The best we can do is remember this important teaching and not waste our time in disputation. Focusing on peace and love in our own souls will spill out, and slowly but surely move people and events in a more positive direction.

Please find a video of “What’s so Funny “bout Peace. Love, and Understanding” on YouTube. It’s best played LOUD, and I promise it will make your day.

(NOTE: Apologies. I valiantly tried, and failed to include an actual link to the song.)

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