Last week, there was a documentary about John Lennon on a UK television channel. (Channel Four, I suppose). I'm not and have never been, to say, a fan of John Lennon although I appreciate his level of creativity in many of his songs.
Here, I do not tend to talk about John Lennon's private life or to criticise his artistic achievements. For me, a sentence, (one of his last) has become a serious concern in recent nights and thus made me to cite it as a post.
“Imagine Peace!” is that sentence, quoted by Lennon in New York on December 8, 1980 from one of his own songs, “Imagine” (released in 1971). It was eventually his last speech (or an interview, that’s not my case!). Thereafter, he came out from the hall and was shot dead by gunfire on the same night he was addressing to peace.
His word is short, simple and straight to the point. Imagine Peace! No manslaughter, no mankind extermination! A total peace, dominant throughout a world in which human beings simply do not kill each other.
It does sound utopian; actually it is utopian. And you’re right; I should’ve gone out of my mind to post something like this. Thinking optimistically, it would be one of those activists’ slogans found in many of their websites. You know, I mean it’s not quite … (what do you call it?)… ha! It’s not quite scientific. Only lunatics might think of something like this, but why? Why is it so far even from a dream?
It might seem foolish, but I couldn’t find an answer, not even some sort of unrealistic justification as of those who believe in determinism, for that question. I believe this pale, tasteless modern democracy is way behind what it should be, or had to be, I don’t know. (Ask me and it is not even at the same step where it had been started in Athens or Persepolis.)
I do not think all these atrocities are spontaneous. I cannot accept that a war is mainly created due to humans’ nature – as Hobbes somehow suggests- and that it had been and will be like this throughout history.
I am neither defending, nor offending butchers and butcheries. I do not even know if it’s their fault. My question is not about rights or wrongs anymore..... Morality sucks!
I’m just saying, just feeling, that it shouldn’t have been like this. I’m just asking whether it could’ve been not like this. And if not real, it was at least possible for us now, just to “Imagine Peace”.