In John’s first verse he asks us to:
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 . . .
Since time began God has been around in one form or another watching us. Depending on when, where, and what age we were born in, we would have received from our elders an entirely different picture of God.
What is God anyway? Who is this multi-faceted Father of the universe that, while declaring unending love for us, also demands our total worship or else? “It ‘s heaven or hell Bubba, you better get your shit together or hell and damnation await you!” . . . Yikes!
Now I know this stuff helps when a person is a child, but after one reaches maturity little Johnnie should be seeing things a bit clearer than that. It’s time for him to drop the blinders and realize HE is the guy responsible for his actions. It’s time for him to either fly . . . or crash to the ground.
There are no magical formulas, no special alliances . . . only hard work. Man, both singly and corporately, creates his own heaven and burns in his own hell by the way he thinks and the actions he takes in daily life.
What happens beyond the grave, nobody knows, but personally I doubt very much Dante’s hell exists for any of us. I also highly doubt we will be walking on streets of gold and having lunch with Jesus . . .
In our time, religious warfare has ravaged the planet. People of differing philosophies are killing one another to prove the point that they are the ‘chosen’ of the God of love and peace . . . What’s up with that?
It’s time we drop the nonsense and begin to realize the oneness we share with the rest of creation . . . flora, fauna, and especially our fellow human beings. It’s time to live in the present, time to fall in love with the entity that created this beautiful universe, not fear Him.
We are ALL chosen . . . We ALL share the gift of life . . . We ALL breathe the same air . . . We ALL are a part of the One.
Imagine a world where everybody believed that. John did.
You may say I’m a dreamer
But I’m not the only one
I hope some day you’ll join us
And the world will be as one
In John’s second verse he asks us to:
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 . . .
Sounds like a pipe dream, right? Well, I don’t think so. Everything I have personally experienced and read about from others, tells me that all common people, regardless of race or country, are pretty much the same.
They have the same needs and pretty much want the same things as I do. Give them food, water, a roof over their head, a small plot of land, enough freedom to raise a family in peace and you will have a happy person.
So what’s the problem? We DO have plenty of space don’t we?
As I see it there are only two classes of people on this planet . . . the simple folks I am talking about in the previous paragraph and the power hungry folks who want to use them for their own gain.
One class just wants to be left alone to raise their pigs and tend their rice paddy . . . the other class, the one’s led by the desire for power, position, and possession can never be satisfied by anything and always want more.
Reminds me of a story:
The businessman was at the pier of a small coastal Mexican village when a small boat with just one fisherman docked. Inside the small boat were several large yellowfin tuna. The businessman complimented the fisherman on the quality of his fish and asked, “how long did it take you to catch them?”
The fisherman replied, “Senor, there are many fish in these waters, it takes no time at all to catch the family dinner.”
The businessman then asked, “why don’t you stay out longer and catch even more fish?”
“Senor, my family can only eat so much, what’s left would rot in the sun.” .
“But what do you do with the rest of your time?”
“Well Senor, I play with my children, maybe take a siesta with my wife, and each evening right after dinner I go to the village and sip wine and play guitar with my amigos.” I am a happy man, señor.”
The businessman scoffed, “I am a Harvard MBA and I could help you. You should spend more time fishing and with the proceeds buy a bigger boat. With the proceeds from the bigger boat you could buy several boats; eventually you would have a fleet of fishing boats.”
The fisherman asked, “But señor, how long will this all take?”
“Probably 15-20 years.”
“But what then, señor?”
“You will become a rich man and have power and influence in this village, perhaps even the entire district.”
“Then what senor?”
“Then you could retire. You could sleep late, fish a little, play with your kids, take a siesta with your wife, stroll to the village in the evenings where you could sip wine and play your guitar with your amigos.”
“But senor, isn’t that what I’m doing right now?”
The problem begins for us when, because of our laziness and inattention, we give them rule over us. They con us with the promise of peace, prosperity and freedom, the very things we already had. Instead they give us war and discontent, the very things we do not want. What the hell is that all about!
How many major wars in the last century have been fought because of business interests? . . . All of them. Peasants fight amongst themselves also of course, this is the human condition, but they usually fight over someone stealing a pig or something like that. Only the wealthy can promote a major war, and their wars are fought for other, more dubious, reasons.
The worst part is that the cowards won’t fight their wars themselves. They con us into fighting for them. Their media uses words like hero, sacrifice, glory for God and country, etc. to get YOU blinded enough by their bullshit to send YOUR kids into their meat grinder.
Don’t believe me, research it for yourselves. Here’s the hard truth. You are sacrificing your children upon the alter of Baal . . . just like the old testament story. Only today Baal has a few new names and ‘military industrial complex’ is one of them.
Do you really believe this terrorist threat stuff? Research it from a neutral source and you may be surprised. We got hit on 911 because we were asleep at the wheel. (or it was a conspiracy as many think) Regardless I don’t feel losing all my rights to this homeland security crap is the answer anyway you look at it.
Want to know why we go to war so often? Follow the money trail and see where it ends up. Check out Halliburton and some of the other top players in our war machine. How much did they profit from the gulf wars? An obscene amount of loot went into their coffers. Where’s THEIR patriotic sacrifice?
Today I ask myself more than ever, why did seventeen hundred kids in my brigade alone (173rd abn) have to die in Vietnam? What did that war accomplish? Nothing that I can see, Vietnam is now our friendly trading partner . . . as is Japan . . . as is Germany.
Seems as if every mortal enemy we go to war with ends up becoming a friend. Why not sit down and make friends BEFORE we decide to kill them?
What personal sacrifice did anybody in big business or the government make in ANY of these wars? Time to smarten up and let those old bastards in Washington hear loud and clear that we ain’t going to war no more.
And last, but not least is the greatest war starting machine of all time, religion. Study your history and you’ll see that religion has been the root cause of more killing and maiming than anything else known to man. . . and the religious wars for our time haven’t even begun yet.
Remember Christopher Columbus that great explorer who discovered the America’s in the name of the holy trinity? He was, in the real world, responsible for the greatest mass extermination of human beings of all time . . . even Adolph himself must have been envious of his record. Yet he is honored each year with a holiday . . . ask any American Indian how they celebrate Columbus Day.
It’s not hard for me to imagine doing away with borders, doing away with wars, and doing away with religion. My question would be: “why the hell do we want to keep them?” They say “change is impossible, things are what they are, you people are nuts.” Evolution of the human species demands we get aboard the change train or we will go extinct.
All we need do for now is to unite in our opposition to the blatant disassembling of our constitutional freedoms and stop feeding at the enemies trough. Quit borrowing, quit buying. Back corporations who are concerned with ecological preservation. Companies who care about animal rights and clean food and water and tell the others to go to hell! It can be done. It must be done.
You may say I’m a dreamer
But I’m not the only one
I hope some day you’ll join us
And the world will live as one
In John’s third verse he asks us to:
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,
Joplin sang, “Freedom’s just another word for nothing left to lose.” . . . What would we do if we lost all our possessions? How could we be happy? How could we show others our personal value? What if we were forced to drive an old car, or wear Goodwill clothes, or eat simple foods and live in a small common looking house?
What could be worse than becoming a nondescript nobody of a human being in a country that judges it’s citizenry by the ‘stuff’ they possess. A country where the guy with the most toys, or the gal with the largest closet full of shoes, is considered a winner, and the rest? . . . well the little people are just losers, of course.
What if the bubble broke completely and we ended up down and out on Skid Row sleeping under a bridge? Wow man, that would put a wrinkle in our thousand dollar suit wouldn’t it? What could be worse than that?
Well, actually a lot of things. What if those possessions you worship have become your prison? A tight, white walled bubble that keeps you separated from the rest of humanity and the simple joys of life? What if you have so many things that you have become prideful, and arrogant, and self serving towards anyone beneath you?
If that was the case perhaps it would actually be a blessing for you to loose everything. Then you could start over and this time you may take a different tack and not waste your entire life acquiring things of little long term meaning and begin to learn life lessons that do. Love, mercy, grace, and empathy come to mind.
Of course it is not impossible for a rich man to experience these human attributes, and many do, but I can imagine it would be far more difficult. Self righteousness stuff lust is a beast . . . it completely removes you from reality and puts a good screwing to your priorities.
There was a time during the hippie days when all I had was a bicycle and an old army duffel bag full of clothes. I was in a strange city with little money and on my own. Because of the circumstance I instinctively knew I needed help or I was gonna get really hungry and cold. That help came by the buckets full from the human beings around me who found themselves in the same position I was in. We needed each other. We helped each other. It was a new and vibrant way to live.
Looking back, those days of having so little were the greatest and most exciting times I have had since. Who needed stuff when we had each other? You needed something you borrowed it.
In today’s world of mass greed, this country is dying of over consumption. Our many toys have made us uncaring and self serving gluttons, but we don’t see it. . . . We just want more.
Even though our bellies are fat and our asses flat, we continue this mad dash down the isle of consumerism pushing a cart before us . . . where are we going anyways? Boy, Dylan was right, the times they are a changin, . . . he just got his directions messed up.
What would happen if, instead of losing all our stuff in some calamitous event (it’s coming!), we willingly gave everything we had in excess away to those in need? . . . “What?! Are you kidding me! That’s MY stuff, I earned it! Get out of here you . . .”
As the story goes the Buddha did just that . . . as did Jesus Christ and many others. . . and by doing so they gained the whole world.
Were these men specially made super beings? I don’t think so. Actually, I believe only Jesus was given that distinction, and well . . . who really knows?
I see this idea having far more power if accomplished by a normal person anyways. A person possessing all the frailties of the common man. That thought gives me hope to believe we ALL have the power within ourselves to do such a thing.
Why not join the hundreds of thousands of those of us who are fed up with the status quo and want real change in this society as well as the world at large, not just more politically inspired bullshit coming from politically inspired bullshitters.
You might say we are dreamers
But we aren’t the only ones
Why don’t you come and join us
And the world can be as one . . . . why not?