All You Need Is Love

One of the most hard-fought, nail-biter elections in memory is now over, aside from recounts and other formal processes. The conclusion comes while the COVID-19 pandemic still rages around the world, economies are struggling, and divisiveness seems like it is at an all-time high.

We live in an era of increasing polarization, and it sometimes feels like it will only worsen. I spoke about this a few days ago in my post on “Love & Hate” when referring to Margaret Wheatley’s book, So Far From Home.

These challenges didn’t all happen overnight, and they will take time and much effort to resolve. But regardless of the election result, there always seems to be hope after the votes are counted and before a new government takes power.

Here’s a wish that President-elect Joe Biden, Vice President-elect Kamala Harris and their administration will find ways to bridge the vast divides between left and right for the greater good of America and the world.

It may sound simplistic, but I believe it really isn’t that hard to do.

In June 1967, Britain’s contribution to the Our World TV program was “All You Need Is Love.” Composed by the Beatles’ main writers John Lennon (1940-1980) and Paul McCartney, the non-album single featured simple lyrics intended to be understandable worldwide. The song became a global anthem for the 1960s counterculture “flower power” movement. (“All You Need Is Love” was also added to the United States version of the 1967 album The Magical Mystery Tour.)

It is a song that has aged well in its ability to inspire and sow love.

“Love, love, love
Love, love, love
Love, love, love

There’s nothing you can do that can’t be done
Nothing you can sing that can’t be sung
Nothing you can say but you can learn how to play the game
It’s easy

Nothing you can make that can’t be made
No one you can save that can’t be saved
Nothing you can do but you can learn how to be you in time
It’s easy

All you need is love
All you need is love
All you need is love, love
Love is all you need”

(from “All You Need Is Love,” By John Lennon, Paul McCartney)

May the song keep up the magic now, and may we all show love to one another, regardless of our beliefs and politics. As Lennon and McCartney wrote, “It’s easy.”

Now you know a little about why this is my song of the day for today. Thanks for joining me here, and please enjoy.

Here’s the audio for the song from the Beatles’ official YouTube channel:  

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