Reflections on the 4th of July, July 4, 2016

My words below were first published on AJC columnist Jay Bookman’s blog on July 4, 2016.

Another poster: “And it (Lennon’s ‘Imagine’) is anthemic, although I’ve never, not once, heard it played at any kind of sportsball event. . . .”


Mary Elizabeth’s thoughts regarding that poster’s words:

“That is because many sports of competition with others foster the same bloodlust that the big/little boys play in war.  Killing becomes a legitimized way of ‘winning’ over another who is ‘weaker.’

Happy 4th of July to everyone on this blog.

Words closing the Atlanta Journal and Atlanta Constitution editorial on July 4, 1966, which I mentioned yesterday:

“The American mind, on this Independence Day, is being made up.  Undertaken at last is the great, neglected task of proving ‘that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain inalienable right, that among these are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.’

Each coming day now yields to each American the privilege of carrying that task forward to a final vindication of the ideal for which the Revolution was fought.

Jefferson could not call a stop to the ‘execrable commerce’ (slavery) in his day.  But the American people whose wisdom he trusted may now honor his faith in theirs.”

To me, honoring Jefferson’s faith in humanity transcends the ideas of slavery into a world brought from the Heavens into the words of John Lennon’s “Imagine,” a world envisioned of loving harmony toward one another in which there is no desire or need for war games.


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