Friday 29 August 2014
What makes you feel the most serene?
Dear Yoko, how are you? I hope you are well. My question is: do you think men could/should be feminists? There are some feminist women who call themselves radfems (as in radical feminists) who say that men should never consider themselves feminists, because feminism would be exclusively from and for women. It makes me a bit confused, because since I was a kid I learned a lot from John’s statements like when he said, in one of the Double Fantasy interviews, that he was “more feminist now” than when he composed “Woman is the nigger of the world”. Thanks in advance, sending you the best of wishes, always, Johann.
Dear Johann, Just as some men were frightened that women might take over the world, some women are frightened that ‘feminism’ will not be exclusively theirs. Don’t listen to those people. We women are all thankful that there are men like you who even care about us to think that women do not have the exclusive rights to call themselves feminists… that men can be so concerned about the injustices done to women that they would even want to call themselves ‘feminists’. Thank you. yoko.
Allow me to take a moment to lovingly thank you for the global awakenings you have fostered for 45+ years. I am now 65, still a Peace and Truth activist, aging hippie, and artist. I have so much soul development to be thankful to you and John for since the late 60′s. I was raised in a Sacred Heart school in Pennsylvania and somewhere I read that you had that experience as well. What a long strange trip it’s been. Thank you for expanding the horizons for so many. You are loved Yoko by so many. Thank you for being, and for Being a Wayshower.
Thank you for your encouragement. I appreciate it deeply.
Hello, Yoko. Do you worry about the fishes sometimes? I do. With all the oil spilled on the coast of Mexico by BP and all the radioactivity leaking from the Fukushima plant, I wonder if one day there will be no more fish.
That’s my concern, too. But you know how humans are. They are a pretty clever lot. So we will probably create a healthy pond in which we will raise fish. I know it will never be the same as the wild fish. But we might make “the pond” just a nice sized part of the ocean and raise healthy fish. The other thing that could happen is we find a way to clean up the ocean all together as part of the healing of the planet.
Do you believe there is any end in sight to the Gaza conflict or are we still going to be wishing them peace in 30 years time?
You made me smile! I still believe in the fact that we will have world peace. But we have to rush because there are so many terrible things we, as the human race, are doing now. And we will rush. We’re not dumb, you know. But we need your help. You have to be peaceful to get peace. If you are angry and combative, well, that is not going to help. Please send out the strongest energy of love, peace and belief to the world. We will still be too late to save some lives. But we don’t have much option.
What can we do about the promise to Palestinians of their own, self determined, contiguous land, Yoko? How can we get to what’s “FAIR”? And what happened to democracy there? Wrong democracy? (in our USA opinion)
We have to ask ourselves to be super smart, quickly. We see that two sides are fighting. We should express our love for both sides equally. Both sides think religion is more important than people. Justifying violence and murder by religion is old hat. The most important thing is our lives today. Not to fight for the religion of yesterday. If we want to help stop the war, we should give financial assistance exactly half to Israel and half to Palestine. The condition being that both sides have to use the money to reconstruct and heal their land. If it is used for military force, the monetary assistance will be withdrawn. The lives of the people should come above everything.
Hi Yoko. I’m currently spending 5 minutes a day meditating on world peace. If I up this to 10 mins, would I get a better result? Or is more a quality verse quantity sort of thing? Thanks in advance
Yes. Quality is more important than quatity, of course. But being human, I sometimes find myself not doing a quality job if I don’t give myself enough time. So be your judge, and do a quality job without thinking how much time you are giving to it.
Yoko, does the recent climate report from the U.N. which says that global warming is pretty much irreversible at this point make you wonder if peace is not the answer, so much as doing what we can to halt global warming, which will facilitate peace between countries battling for increasingly rare resources? I know Imagine Battle Global Warming doesn’t have the ring of Imagine Peace, but it’s sort of the anti-war slogan of our times.
I think we have to know that the war is on a very severe level. President Lyndon B. Johnson said if he stopped the war, he might be assassinated. I think he was speaking the truth. No-one wants to be assassinated, not even the president of a country. So be sympathetic to all presidents of the world and use your wisdom and love to help create a peaceful world, instead of just leaving it to the presidents of the world and blaming tem that they are are not doing enough.
Hi Yoko. When expressing a movement such as peace — you, John and others promoted it through music and art, which was very influential. With technology and media changing today, what do you think is the most influential way to promote something like peace?
By changing our heads quickly. Our heads are the source to think how to get peace. Our hearts are the source of courage to act.
Hello, Yoko. It’s me again. I don’t have a question. I just wanted to say that I read Grapefruit this week and thought it was brilliant. I would love to live in a world like the one you create with your poems, where everything is possible and the imagination is free to do whatever it wants. You are an inspiration and a true original. Grapefruit was the most fun I’ve had in a long time. Peace and love
Thank you for your encouragement. I love you! yoko
Studying abroad next week & booked a side trip to Iceland to see your Peace Tower, any other places in Iceland I shouldn’t miss?
Don’t miss anything you bump into. It will give you insights into life.
I’m really interested to know what do you eat and drink that makes you feel the most well?
I am like the people who say they nearly died and from then on they became thankful for everything in life. Well, I think of myself as a person who could have died yesterday… just by the fact that I had such a rough life. And I am still alive and well at 81 – going to 82!!! I am such a lucky woman. How could I not love every piece of life?
Emma Mann @emmas_the_mann
My friend and I are huge fans! We discovered your music last year. We were wondering what a ‘busy bouncer’ is.
The Bouncer in the song is a person bouncing around. That’s me!
Hi, Yoko. I was wondering if you were planning on writing an autobiography any time soon? I would love to read it!
I’m sure you would. But I don’t have the time now to get deep into the past. I am excited about what I am doing now.
When will we be at peace, and is there a possibility there will ever be peace?
When you have peace in your mind, you will get peace. If just enough people are really peaceful, we will get peace of togetherness. We’re getting there!
Richard Moore @rikkimoore666
What can be done avoid a holy war with Christians, Buddhists, Sikhs, Muslims etc all disagreeing???
They will start to want peace because every country will have no money to fight a winning war anymore. And all our close people, including our children, will be more and more depressed. We should stop being dumb before that happens.
Aldous Huxley @darsie2
Hi Yoko – Is there any event that you wish had been recorded on tape/video/film for posterity’s sake that wasn’t?? Many thanks.
You’ll be surprsied there’s so many instances I would love to have had recorded. Too bad. We just have ourselves still intact. That’s all we have.
Watching The Dawn is my new favourite song. So beautiful! The music is sublime – where did you find inspiration for it?
In my pained heart.
sutton althisar @AlthisarSutton
How would YOU speak to a 3-year-old girl who has questions about death?
Tell her you are just as ignorant about it as she is, since you have not experienced being dead.
Bona Permana @Boonpermana
Love, is one of the greatest thing in the world, isn’t it? How old were you when realized it? Love
Love is the only energy we can rely on. And all of us have known it since birth, because it is the only energy and protection that kept us going. Breathing is one of the ways we give ourselves that energy, and give others too.
If you could give one piece of advice to the future generations, what would it be?
I don’t know what to say, since I, myself, am part of the future generations – full of hope and curiosity.
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