Originally published at http://www.commondreams.org/further/2020/12/08/imagine-still
Thanks Abby, I was going to post the very song you linked in the story. It gives pause to almost all who hear it, and contemplate the lyrics.
Forty years gone, and still it hurts.
One of the finest souls of our time…any time.
Damn America. Damn guns.
From the article –
On December 8, 1980, a crazy man with a gun shot and killed John Lennon outside his New York City apartment; this week marks 40 years here, 40 years gone. Still, the heartfelt tributes and remembrances [poured in], often from those who lived through it and, like earlier, shocking, bloody moments of the times - JFK, Malcolm X, MLK, RFK - still vividly recall it. Having newly re-emerged into public view after five years of self-imposed exile, isolation, house-husbanding and re-evaluating, Lennon’s[ last day]was a busy one -
But of course he’s remembered and [revered] for much else: His wise way with words, from the kid at school asked what he wanted to be when he grew up - "I wrote down ‘happy.’ They told me I didn’t understand the assignment, and I told them they didn’t understand life” - to the “[instinctive socialist]” who argued “Love is all you need” and “Peace is not something you wish for; it’s something you make, something you do, something you are, and something you give away” led inexorably to the musical[ legacy ]like Dylan, was to “personalize the political and politicize the personal.” Rolling Stone continues to honor Lennon this week with a wide-ranging[ tribute ]
that includes their full, nine-hour interview days before his murder, a piece about Sean Ono Lennon’s Gimme Some Truth box set of his father’s remixed solo catalogue to mark what would have been his 80th birthday, and a 1981 essay by Scott Spencer that recalls Lennon’s “radiant example” - his willingness to take risks, speak up against injustice, “capture the imagination of millions” and teach us about integrity as someone "uninterested in existing on any but his own terms. He sang and wrote what he believed, and he trusted us to listen."
*Since then, over 1.5 million Americans have been shot and killed."
Certainly this wasn’t one more ordinary shooting – this was a part of a widespread attack on
our musicians who fought against US/CIA love of wars – they all needed to be removed -
and they are all gone now. The rumor is that there was a CIA gunman in the guards booth
that day – and one more patsy.
John could have stayed at home baking bread for his loved ones – but the world needed
him - or he needed the world – and with great courage he came back out into it.
We are still confused about how to get there – but his song IMAGINE should float in our
minds as a roadmap. We do know what to do and maybe one day soon we will be willing
to sacrifice our own lives to end this violence.
The wider reality of Lennon was that it was simply another assassination by a government
which works to preserve Oligarchy, not a “people’s” government – and by programs with
with code names takes out those who threaten it – MKULTRA/COINTELPRO – “goodbye”
JFK, MLK, Jr., RFK, Jr., John Lennon and many more musicians – JFK, Jr. and how many
more before we begin to stop pretending that we don’t know what’s going on?
“Despotism tempered by assassination - there is our Magna Carta.”
Consciousness shapes reality. Reality shapes consciousness. They are part of each other-From Starhawk’s Dreaming the Dark. It’s also part of Tibetan Buddhism, where humans learn they are part of the energy field of all beings, not apart from it. They say they are happy because they must live with each other, therefore any problems are simply knots in the energy stream that can be smoothed out.
Obviously, our culture’s reality and consciousness has only one focus-to dominate at all costs. Happiness without ownership of something? Puleeze. So we, like the Hungry Ghost, hunt all over the world and now into space, hunting for…what? Happiness? Completeness.
The will is there within you once you break the Matrix and stray off the path our alleged masters have chosen for us. Peace is possible. Marija Gimbutus studied hundreds of sites in Central and Eastern Europe of peoples who lived in peace. No evidence of weapons or defensive structures.
Imagine peace and contentment with being part of Nature. It is possible to be happy if we know we’re all part of something much, much larger than fear and control. Where we learn from Nature and adapt to it.
Imagine if there were no guns. That we continued to use gunpowder to make fireworks and not weapons. Imagine if we saw the universe in all other beings. Imagine…
John, may you be happy in the Summerland. Blessed be. In memory forever green.
ReconFire. Thanks, you took the words right out of my mouth.
“Love is all you need” and “Peace is not something you wish for; it’s something you make, something you do, something you are, and something you give away”
Keys to happiness. Thank you for having existed John Lennon.
One of my favorite Beatles songs is The Ballad of John and Yoko which helped to keep me reasonably sane when I was in Vietnam those many years ago and especially the part in the song which declared:
“Christ, you know it ain’t easy
You know how hard it must be
The way things are going
They’re going to crucify me”
The Beatles song writing ability may never again be matched for content, or quantity in the same span of time, IMO. It was a magical mix of musicians and song writers, that ended far too soon.
John was an enemy of the state. He was assassinated much the way JFK was. An NPR documentary from 2010 opened my eyes to what a threat he was to the ruling elite. Jon Wiener spent 14 years fighting to gain access to the FBI’s secret files on John Lennon. At first, the FBI refused to release many of the documents, saying their release would endanger national security. Wiener’s Freedom of Information case went all the way to the Supreme Court before the FBI agreed to settle.
The works of Bob Dylan could probably be placed quite comfortably with those of the Beatles though I do not understand why Dylan recently decided to sell the copyright of his songs for about $300 million to a major corporation. Perhaps he wanted to go from a multi-millionaire to a mega millionaire, as if tens of millions of dollars was not enough to live on.
Here with us, in spirit, always.
Very nice feature, Abby. This was a pleasure to read.
Common Dreams published a fine piece on Monday, December 7, by Joshua Meyrowitz. “John Lennon Still Lives Among Us.” It impressed a lot of readers, as it has 44 comments.
John Lennon as “media friend” lives in me with an impact that is “unexpected and powerful,” to borrow from Meyrowitz. Of course, I never met John, but his person and music inspire to this day.
Favorite Beatles song? Long and Winding Road.
Shot by a born-again xtian who was upset that John said the Beatles were more popular than jebus.