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Steve3007 wrote:John Lennon's song (which he said should really have been co-credited to Yoko Ono) often seems to be used as the ultimate example of hopeless hippy idealism/hypocrisy. In particular, the line "imagine no possessions" is easy to pour scorn on, given Lennon's considerable material wealth. ("Some people don't have to imagine it John, with your pink Rolls Royce and your fancy white house with a big piano in it...")
But is there a role in life for this kind of hopeless idealism? Is there a place in the world for people who can ignore the accusations of hypocrisy and unrealistic fantasy and keep their eyes fixed on the ideal? Or are we all pragmatists nowadays?
It is my understanding that John Lennon came from a humble background and worked his way up to a top entertainer and riches.
Taking the line "imagine no possessions" out of context does not make your point.
"Imagine" is a profound song by an accomplished artist. It brings hope and tears to my eyes when I hear it, it makes me want to be a better person. It was/is meant to stir humans to be better, thus the gifted words of a rich man who shared his talent with the world, probably knowing it doesn't always bring the desired intention or reward.
Even men with steel hearts love to see a dog on the pitch.
Thank you, Steve3007, for understanding that it was not you I was addressing but those who take lyrics out of context.
I also think that being poor or without riches doesn't make people saints. Poorer neighborhoods show us that jealousy and crime lives there too.
So "imagine no possessions" is for all people to ponder.
I'm reading this thread. Many people don't realise that for about the first decade of his successful musical career, John Lennon got rid of 95 percent of his yearly gross income, before taxes. He wrote about it in a song, too.
In Toronto a couple made love from beginning to end in front of an entire baseball stadium of people. During a Blue Jay's game. They have built a hotel with windows that open to the field, and the couple performed there. Nobody was watching the game! No charges were laid, because there was no crime committed, apparently; they were in their private space or something.
Sorry to any readers who don't know what I'm on about here.
Sorry to all the readers who were not there to live in the sixties. If the roaring twenties created a playground of the world for the nouveau riche, then in the sixties it was the turn of the common person to jump into life with both feet first.
Since the Beatles broke up, the world has been coming to a very, very slowly developing halt.
The petrification of society
the forced equalization
Steve3007 wrote: the line "imagine no possessions" is easy to pour scorn on, given Lennon's considerable material wealth.
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