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“Peace on Earth” Classic MGM Christmas Cartoon

Peace On Earth. Classic Christmas cartoon. MGM 1939. Anti-war.

Here is my early Christmas gift to all of my friends and visitors to this blog. I hope you take the 8 1/2 minutes to watch this extraordinary classic cartoon. It is distinguished as being the only cartoon to be nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize. I would describe this as a post-apocalyptic, dystopian-yet-utopian tale that presents the true meaning of the peace associated with the Christmas story in a manner that makes it still as relevant today as it was when it was first released, back in 1939. Think of it as an extended meditation on the twin themes of the “peaceable kingdom” and “turning swords into plowshares” that figure so prominently in the Book of Isaiah; two themes which serve as a backdrop to the story of the first Christmas found in the Gospels of Mathhew and Luke. What is ironic and sad is that this cartoon’s powerful anti-war message was largely forgotten or ignored just two years later when the USA entered the throes of WWII.

I post this now as we enter into this year’s Christmas season in hope that perhaps the message of this cartoon may engender in some people a reconsideration of the subversive but much needed message of Christmas: of the power of non-violent love that was incarnated in the coming of the Christ child some 2000 years ago. As we reflect on the sorrow, injustice and violence that plague our world right now, it should be clear that we need this cartoon’s simple message of peace and hope even more today.

I would love to have you post your reactions and thoughts here once you enjoy this heartwarming cartoon and ruminate over its message. And you are certainly encouraged to share or re-post this!

Merry Christmas and “Peace to All People of Good Will!!!”

Tom

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December 23, 2013 · 7:27 am

This New Blog of Mine

Shakespeare the Blogger

Hi everyone! Some of you might know of me (Tom Webber aka TexasTom46) through my other blogs. My main blogs include my art blog found here: http://tomwebberartist.wordpress.com and one devoted primarily to sharing my personal reflections and poems located here: http://texastomruminationsmyblog.wordpress.com. If you also host a blog, perhaps you have found yourself at times wanting to post things that don’t really fit the theme of your existing blog(s). Well, that is precisely what I have experienced over and over and over again. I finally decided to create an “anything goes” blog that will satisfy my many interests. Thus I present to you my new blog “Texas Tom’s Pete & RePete” blog. This one will be distinguished not only by the fact that it lacks a coherent theme but also due to the fact that I will often be re-posting articles from other sources that I find compelling, and which I believe will be of interest to others. But I will, occasionally, add my own thoughts here and there, too. Hopefully you will find something interesting and worthwhile, if not even thought-provoking and maybe even inspiring that will make your visit worthwhile. So I welcome you, my dear friend, to come on board as a user, stay a while, and visit often. And let me know what you think!

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