I saw a post the other day where the individual placed the video of John Lennon. I listened to it a bit and finally turned off the piece due to the philosophy contained. Here are the lyrics:
Imagine there’s no heaven It’s easy if you try No hell below us Above us only sky
Imagine all the people Living for today…
Let’s see, imagine that the only hope we have in this life is today. There is nothing to which we look forward. There is no goal for the life we live. This somehow is the engine of peace? Aren’t those individuals only living for today the same ones causing raucous problems? After all, if there is nothing beyond, why worry about the results of one’s actions? If there is no ultimate force of good with which to compare ourselves, then actions are only relative to one’s desires and the force to accomplish them compared to the force of others with a different will. When force goes against force, is there any chance for peace?
Imagine there’s no countries It isn’t hard to do Nothing to kill or die for
And no religion too Imagine all the people Living life in peace…
Since the tower of Babel, there have been countries, so just the opening phrase is ludicrous. Prior to that, all humanity lived as a single group, and earned the scorn of God. The phrase describing that time was “imagination of their heart was violence continually” That is as close as this planet has been to being without a country, and it was the exact opposite of peace. “Nothing to kill or die for”? Limited life to be sure. Apparently there are no principles of great worth to the writer of those lyrics. This country’s revolution held the phrase something like: they fought as men who wanted freedom. There is a principle greater than one’s life, one which is worth the fight.
You may say I’m a dreamer But I’m not the only one I hope someday you’ll join us
And the world will be as one
I note that this is written from the standpoint of the atheist and is using the same principle as the muslims: when everyone becomes one of them, there will be peace and all will be one. How did that work for Stalin, Mao, etc? They were atheists and ran atheist governments.
Imagine no possessions I wonder if you can No need for greed or hunger
A brotherhood of man Imagine all the people Sharing all the world…
This one is also ludicrous according to how people live their lives. I remember the video where liberals were asked about supporting “those in need” and it was great as long as they didn’t have to give their own possessions. They were perfectly fine with supporting the needy with the power of government removing possessions from others. the pilgrims utilized this concept at the first founding over here and almost starved. They only prospered when plots were assigned to each family and the worker was awarded the results of his/her labor. (Look up Bradford’s journal. I have done so, and it’s there.)
You may say I’m a dreamer But I’m not the only one
I hope someday you’ll join us And the world will live as one