Monday, January 24, 2011

The Prophecy of John Lennon is Fulfilled

On the way to work this morning, I heard the Beatles song, Imagine, written by John Lennon. Many consider it his greatest work. While I am a Beatles fan, I do not like this song, because the lyrics remind me that Lennon was somewhat of a prophet wrapped up into a world-view that glorified selfish pleasures and a contradictory understanding of reality.

I thought I might give a response to the song.
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
How to make this a reality? By not believing in anything above our own sensory knowledge. This is an atheistic nihilistic understanding of life - there is no point to it all. I don't want to imagine any sort of world as Lennon sees it. Because all I end up seeing is selfishness, might-makes-right totalitarian systems, and vice. We can see where "living for today" gets us - just look at the average 16 year-old. Is that what Lennon wants the rest of the world to look like?
Imagine there's no countries
It isn't hard to do
Nothing to kill or die for
And no religion, too
We have just such an experiment happening in Western Civilization right now, especially in the European Union. The EU is a God-less experiment that is resulting in their society dying a fast death. Why? Because they aren't even replacing their population and can't agree on what society is for.

Then we have China, North Korea and the other Communist countries that do not allow God, unless He is safe and off to the sides. We see what Mao, Stalin, Lenin, Pol Pot and the other atheistic communists have done.

I imagine hell-on-earth after I hear those lines.
Imagine all the people
Living life in peace

You, you may say I'm a dreamer
But I'm not the only one
I hope someday you will join us
And the world will be as one
Nice sentiment, but the way he foresees it happening just doesn't work. History proves it.
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
Communism once again. Here is what the Catechism says about Communism:
2425 "The Church has rejected the totalitarian and atheistic ideologies associated in modem times with "communism" or "socialism.""
We must reject it because the state must be the highest power because God is a threat to their power. Of course, it is easy for a multi-millionaire like Lennon to have such sanguine feelings about the world when he lived in the lap of luxury. But the fact remains, Communism doesn't work.
You, you may say I'm a dreamer
But I'm not the only one
I hope someday you will join us
And the world will live as one
I wouldn't call him a dreamer. I would call him naive and dangerous. I also think he contradicts himself. If we are all "living for today", then why worry about the brotherhood of man, peace, greed, or hunger?

To sum it up - I imagine selfish vice-filled nihilistic deadly Communism when I think of this song.

I only imagine a bunch of radical atheists rejoicing in this song and therefore naming it one of the greatest songs of all-time.

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