Mr John Lennon certainly wrote some beautiful words, and  a song that has stood the test of time as one of the all-time greats. And I get the message, I really do. I’m just not sure how practical his recommendations for change really are. Let’s just take a quick look-see, and see what y’all think:

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…

Okay, so what he’s saying is that this life is the one life, there’s no after-life and no greater purpose. If you’re atheist or agnostic you can likely get behind that. Not sure quite how it might go over in those parts of the great US of A that teach Creationism in schools, nor with the masses that do believe in a higher power, but hey …

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…

So here he reinforces the elimination of religion, just in case it wasn’t clear enough the first time round. But again, a good many people can buy into that. After all, there have been a whole bunch of wars fought because of different views on The Power. No countries? Elimination of all those fat cat freeloading politicians would have to be a good thing, don’t you think?

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

 Well, sorry to tell you this John old chap, but you were pissing into the wind. Aside from Coca-Cola, no one else got the memo. Fully 35 years after that fateful day outside the Dakota Building, we are still killing each other in the name of freedom.

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…

Now here I struggle. No possessions? Do we take that literally? One gigantic nudist colony? Did you ever spend a winter in Canada, John? No. I didn’t think so. I happen to be quite attached to my family jewels and I’m not about to wave them around at -20c for anyone. And another thing, any one who read my F post (and that’s the letter, not the profanity) will be aware that yes, I am a dreamer, just not on the same cloud you were on. We are delving deep into the hippy commune here, methinks. Maybe even the purist ideals of Communism, before the Animal Farm fiasco kicked in.

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

Experience shows us that the single greatest uniting force is a common foe. Russia fought alongside the US and Britain to defeat Nazism, as one example. Although, the US did only join in if we promised to foot the bill, and many countries in Europe continue to do so.

So when the aliens come around, maybe the world powers will truly work together in the face of global annihilation. Until then? You’re a dreamer, John. A mightily talented one who was taken from this world way too soon, but a dreamer none the less. Pass the bong and maybe we can share a moment.

This post is presented to you by the letter I, in support of that fine endeavour, the A to Z Challenge.

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  1. Yes, you definitely need clothes in Canada. Here in Alabama, not so much! Your post made me laugh, and made me think about war and hate and love and life. Well done. Thought inspiring for sure!


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