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Sunday, July 21, 2019
Barry McGuire: Eve Of Destruction (1965)
Barry McGuire [born in 1935]: “Eve Of Destruction” (1965), written by P. F. Sloan in mid-1965, during the Vietnam War, says all you can about war in a short song. It is the title track on the album of the same name.
This song can apply to all wars in the modern age of warfare, which began with the First World War, and which continues today. It will continue until the thinking changes; if it doesn't then either humanity kills itself in a nuclear war or, in a better alternative, humanity realizes that wars will never solve anything, and that life is worth living.
Patriotism, which is essentially tribalism under another name, is not worth dying for, especially if one considers that the tribal leaders are the chief and perhaps the only beneficiaries of war.