08 December 2006

Yoko calls for a day of worldwide healing

"Love is touch, touch is love. Love is reaching, reaching love. Love is
asking to be loved." John Lennon

Yoko calls for a day of worldwide healing on December 8.

In a full-page advertisement appearing November 26, 2006 in The New York Times, Yoko Ono urged readers to mark the anniversary of John Lennon's death by apologizing to those who have suffered due to violence and war.

"Every year, let's make December 8th the day to ask for forgiveness from those who suffered the insufferable," writes Yoko.

In the open letter, Ono urges readers to take responsibility for failing to intervene on behalf of victims around the world.

"Know that the physical and mental abuse you have endured will have a lingering effect on our society," she writes in a portion of the letter directed to victims. "Know that the burden is ours."

Of her own loss, Ono says: "I don't know if I am ready yet to forgive the one who pulled the trigger. ... But healing is what is urgently needed now in the world."

"Let's wish strongly that one day we will be able to say that we healed ourselves, and by healing ourselves, we healed the world."


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