October 22, 2005

Imagine?

Imagine.

I’d always regarded John Lennon’s ‘Imagine’ as a great song; the music is beautiful, if a little simple, and the lyrics are extremely powerful. However listening to it more recently, while it still stirs in me a desire to put the world to rights, I find myself disagreeing with Lennon’s world vision.

‘Imagine there’s no country’ is fine, he is arguing for true internationalism. I too am inspired by the thought that one day there will be no need for famine or drought, where people consider the concerns of all people as they do their compatriots, where there will be no more war.

‘Imagine no possessions’ is a big no no for me however. I consider myself a democratic socialist, and narrowing the poverty gap is a good thing, but to not allow people any possessions at all is going to an extreme. It brings me happiness when I can spend the proceeds of my hours at the Christmas pudding factory on something I want.

While I am no longer religious myself, I think Lennon gets it completely wrong with ‘Imagine no religion’. It is true that terrible things have been done in the name of religion, but this is true of anything that inspires people. Fervent nationalism inspired Nazi Germany. Galois got himself shot duelling with a friend over a woman. If we remove everything about which people feel passionate then we will have no kind of world left. So, to single out religion is a big mistake. Would Lennon put an end to football because of the associated hooliganism.

Lennon was great but he never touched on the brilliance of McCartney’s ‘Let It Be’ or ‘Hey Jude’. Anyway, enough of this rant, I’m going to do some measure theory.


- No comments Not publicly viewable


Add a comment

You are not allowed to comment on this entry as it has restricted commenting permissions.

October 2005

Mo Tu We Th Fr Sa Su
|  Today  | Nov
               1 2
3 4 5 6 7 8 9
10 11 12 13 14 15 16
17 18 19 20 21 22 23
24 25 26 27 28 29 30
31                  

Search this blog

Tags

Galleries

Most recent comments

  • I'm very sad to hear this news. by Sue on this entry
  • Though I do love nature, I can honestly say that I love man more. Always bearing in mind that he is … by Sue on this entry
  • This is very exciting, definitely something fun to do when I should be doing lots of other things! I… by Kady on this entry
  • I can only get 'Fed'. You've probably got more in the last few months… I'm on your blog looking fo… by Caroline on this entry
  • Hey Kady, yes I always said I'd return to the blog one day, although I fear it's only rarely that I … by on this entry

Blog archive

Loading…
Not signed in
Sign in

Powered by BlogBuilder
© MMXXI