Mostly harmless (corto) wrote,
Mostly harmless
corto

Imagine

Veterans Day or Remembrance Day here in Canada,
has once again come and gone.

This is me... waiting a bit... to be respectful of that day.

I believe with all my heart that such a day is of great
import to our culture, but I also believe that we pay
poor honor to in, in that the message is one about
the horrible, fruitless, and wasteful thing that war is.

Now... ever year, someone trots out the John Lennon
song "Imagine"
to evoke a moment of group angst and
wistful thoughts of peace and love.

I am a grand fan of John Lennon's art...
but that does not make me blind or deaf.

How is it... that so many, so willfully, shut down their
good sense, and chime in with "Imagine" like they're
making little wishes and dreaming of better days?

Let's take a second look at the song, and stop doing the
brain-dead "sing the chorus" thing for a moment.

The song lyrics are in Italic
and my comments are not.

Imagine: John Lennon

Imagine there's no Heaven
It's easy if you try
No hell below us
Above us only sky

~ alrighty then... right out of the gates... dump religion off
the back of the truck. All of it... Christians? Gone. Jew?
Nope. Islam? Thing of the past.

Imagine all the people
Living for today

~ ... ah yes... "live for today"... like somebody is waiting to
come and take care of you tomorrow? right.

Imagine there's no countries
It isn't hard to do

~ yes, it, in fact, is quite difficult to imagine "no countries".
I mean, forget social programs. And if we have no countries,
where do we draw our identity from? Do we suddenly stop
being culturally aware? Give me a break...

Nothing to kill or die for

~ sounds good to me. I'm all for that...
And no religion too
~ once more with the "no religion" thing... I'm all for it...
but ... are you?

Imagine all the people
Living life in peace

~ yes! Lovely... I would love to see that... Tis a wonderful idea.

You may say that 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

~ dreamer? Ok... but basically I see this song and these ideas
so far as kinda stupid. Nothing to pin my hopes and dreams for
peace on. No countries, no religion, no culture... just one big
melting pot of poor people. Wohoo... I'm bursting with excitement...
Not.

Imagine no possessions
I wonder if you can

~ yes... I can. It's called Communism. They tried that...
Lessons learned, bro.

No need for greed or hunger
A brotherhood of man
Imagine all the people
Sharing all the world

~ Um... greed and hunger ran rampant in every communist
experiment. Especially the Hunger part. If we're all sharing
away like mad and nobody is being greedy... how are we
getting any work done? Or are we just expecting all the farmers
to keep banging their heads against the bank vault door and
slaving away like mad to supply us with all this food?

You may say that 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

~ yup... dreamer. Sadly... not the only one.
I dream of, and hope for peace... but I don't really think a
Babylonian cesspool of possession-less atheists are going to
be down with the plan.


There are many and wonderful songs of hope, peace and love.
This is not one of them.
This is a ridiculous set of lyrics that magically cause normal
people to become witless while they sing along with the chorus.
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