Friday, June 19, 2015

Deep Purple: Child In Time (1970)

The British rock band Deep Purple performs “Child in Time,” which is the third track on the album Deep Purple in Rock, released on June 3, 1970. The band's line-up then consisted of  Ritchie Blackmore on lead guitar, Ian Gillian on lead vocals, Roger Glover on bass guitar, Jon Lord on keyboards and Ian Paice on drums and percussion.

Hypnotic and mesmerizing come to mind during the middle bridge of feverish and fast guitar playing; you are drawn inside as into a black hole, a swirling vortex of energy and despair. And then there is the ensuing silence of words.

It is a song protesting against the Vietnam War in particular and all wars in general; it is a protest against the killing fields that became an everyday and acceptable reality in too many places in the world today; it is a protest against those who say war is necessary. It is a protest against killing the innocents, the children, who have no say in how they live and die; it is a protest against our apathy, our acceptance of what ought not be acceptable…morally, ethically, humanly. It is a protest against stupidity, of hatred, and of ideologies that endorse and engender both.

Are there really any just wars (jus ad bellum) of aggression? of provocation? of containment? of first strikes and of second strikes? Some people think so; some are our nations’ leaders; and humanity has in its wisdom drafted international laws for warfare (jus in bello). How does one enforce these rules when war itself is an act of aggression and destruction? Does the existence of such laws make things better, more palatable, ease our conscience? Or does it silence it completely as we go about our daily activities?

Given the destructive results of all wars, would it not make sense for all nations, the international community of nations, if you want. to work assiduously to end all wars? Ought not this be one of our most-pressing, our most urgent goals? the chief aim of humanity? This is not mere idealism or fancy on my part; it is hard reality, a hard and enduring truth. After all, nothing good can come out of war; and everything good can come out of peace.