Come you masters of war
You that build the big guns
You that build the death planes
You that build all the bombs
You that hide behind walls
You that hide behind desks
I just want you to know
I can see through your masks

You that never done nothin’
But build to destroy
You play with my world
Like it’s your little toy
You put a gun in my hand
And you hide from my eyes
And you turn and run farther
When the fast bullets fly

Like Judas of old
You lie and deceive
A world war can be won
You want me to believe
But I see through your eyes
And I see through your brain
Like I see through the water
That runs down my drain

You fasten all the triggers
For the others to fire
Then you sit back and watch
When the death count gets higher
You hide in your mansion
While the young people’s blood
Flows out of their bodies
And is buried in the mud

~Bob Dylan, from Masters of War

I usually try to write about peaceful, beautiful, hopeful things..I try to write to inspire but I’m writing this tonight because of a news headline I saw on Yahoo yesterday. The headline read:

Here are nine of the safest places in the world to survive a third world war

I’ve been reading a lot about the possibilities of WWW III recently but I hadn’t seen anything quite this blatant…..preparing the people for what’s coming. Of course none of these places are options for most of us…..Iceland, a remote island off of Scotland..are you kidding???

Almost 20 years ago, I did a project called The Gathering of the Wisdom People. I interviewed and photographed people in their 90s and then combined their interviews and old photos with my photographs…. to make large framed, collage like pieces.

The exhibit was a great success…CALVIN:ME.jpg…people seemed to love reading the stories and looking at the old was sort of  a romanticized vision of another time….almost a fantasy..not real.alvin9reg4trejo1st


All of the ‘Wisdom People’ had lived through the world wars and the Great Depression and many of them shared their experiences. These experiences were very real & they had been changed by them but to me they were stories: a World War, a Great Depression…that can’t happen now……Except they can and they are.

One woman’s story in particular, made the greatest impression on me. rw3This woman whose name was Rose Hanauer, was born and raised in Berlin in an upper middle class Jewish family. rose4Her father owned a pharmacy. As Hitler came into power, things were taken away, Jews could no longer own businesses and later they could no longer work at the businesses they had once owned.

For her interview, Rose wrote:

My brother-at that time-the year was 1938- still thought Hitler would not be in power very long, one should wait.
My husband and I left Germany as soon as we received our permit to get into England. We left Germany Aug. 11, 1939 which was less than three weeks before England declared war against Germany! Of course we had to leave everything of value behind!

We would have loved to apply for my mother to get out of Germany too, but she did not want to leave as long as my brother and his wife and two small children were still in Germany. Well none of them got out, and they were all taken to Concentration Camps and killed by the Nazis.rose9fam The day before we left for England, my brother said to me, “I guess you were the smarter one, it looks pretty bad now!” ~Rose Hanauer

You’ve thrown the worst fear
That can ever be hurled
Fear to bring children
Into the world
For threatening my baby
Unborn and unnamed
You ain’t worth the blood
That runs in your veins

~Bob Dylan,  from Masters of War

 So now World War III is maybe looming on the horizon. This is what ‘The Masters of War’ [the ‘leaders’] want and they will do their part by telling us we can be safe in the Yukon.

And I know many people are thinking, probably the majority, that this cannot happen..but it already has happened.. ..Twice!

So it seems to me that the choice now is to take the red pill and look at what’s actually going on, to wake up, to say  NO WE DON’T WANT THIS!.. or take the blue pill and remain or try to remain in a pretend world which I don’t think will be possible much longer.

Let me ask you one question
Is your money that good?
Will it buy you forgiveness
Do you think that it could?
I think you will find
When your death takes its toll
All the money you made
Will never buy back your soul

Bob Dylan from Masters of War

You will probably need to take the red pill to watch the film clip below

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