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January 22, 2013 / Dale Melchin

Thoughts on the song Imagine

The three websites I tried to go to wouldn’t let me copy and paste the lyrics, so I’ll let you Google it as homework to see what I’m talking about.

In his song Imagine, John Lennon outlines what the world would be like if we could get along without religion, war, nations, or possessions.  I used to hate this song and change the channel when use to hear this song.  I always felt that his song was an attack on a Theistic worldview.

I don’t anymore.  I sit and listen.  The reason why is that John Lennon wants what truly committed Christians and other kinds of (non-Christian) believers want.  A world where humanity gets along.  Deep within our hearts, unless we are truly evil at the core.  It is something that we all want.

The challenge with this song coming into reality is the fact that as a race, we are still to selfish to think beyond ourselves, our families or our nations.  A recent friend of mine said: “We are done evolving.”

Take it for what it is worth, but I don’t think we are done evolving.  The advent of technology is only the beginning.  If we can take the creativity even the last 10 years has produced and applied it inwardly, individually and collectively, we’d be farther ahead from a spiritual/personal development stand point than the last 3000 plus years have yielded to us with all of humanities ancient traditions.  This is especially true if we apply all of the thing Ancient Tradition has taught us.  Namely, that regardless of our race, religion, or creed, we are one, though we are many.


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