Let us move from Bob Marley’s “One Love” to John Lennon’s “Imagine” on the anniversary of Lennon’s assassination (December 8, 1980). Both songs make a plea for seeing the world as one. Listen closely to poet Lennon’s words in his song “Imagine.”
He is asking us to transcend seeing others through the labels that divide us and instead to enter a consciousness that knows we are all part of the same life force that connects us as one.
In this higher consciousness, we could no more destroy our neighbors than we could destroy part of our own bodies. When we can see our neighbors in this way, we will truly be able to love our neighbors as ourselves.
John Lennon recorded another song that “ups the ante” of compassion – from simply seeing others as part of us to caring enough to stand by loved ones in need.
Take a listen to Lennon’s version of “Stand By Me,” on YouTube.
On October 11, 2015, I posted the following remarks about John Lennon on Atlanta Journal-Constitution columnist, Jay Bookman’s blog, which recognized John Lennon’s 75th birthday on October 9, 2015:
James Taylor on John Lennon. Worth the time spent listening to James Taylor if you want to know Lennon in depth. “He was amazing. His music was amazing. . . .Permanent.”
James Taylor on John Lennon and Yoko Ono:
“They wanted to be on the cutting edge and not to be slowed down, or bogged down, by the lowest common denominator of what the public pictured of him. . . .He thought that he should do something with his bully pulpit. . . .They wanted to say something that mattered. . . . They wanted to do it their way. They didn’t want to be a news anchor, or a politician, or an academic. They wanted to be artists. . . . Bob Dylan changed his idea of what a public artist could do. . . .Nothing froze him until he was shot. I heard him shot.” (8:45 – 20:00)
Please listen to John Lennon’s words in his song, which is sung by James Taylor in tribute to John Lennon and who he was, at the very end of the video.
(For a continuing narrative of these thoughts, please go to the next post.)