Unless you've been living under a rock all your life, you know that today is the 25th anniversary of John Lennon's death. The radio, television and all other media outlets have been jam-packed with nostalgic look-backs on his life and times, reminding us of his music, his writing and his vision of world peace. I must admit, I'm a huge John Lennon fan, and while listening to the tributes to him on community radio station this morning, I did have a few tears in my eyes. But not because I miss him, hell I was only a wee babe when he was killed. I just got to thinking, about what he would say about the state of the world as it is now, if he was still around.
Would he still be a champion of peace and love? Would he be the leader of the Bono/Alicia Keys/Bob Geldof pack of nouveau-hippies? Would he agree with me that Bob Geldof, is deep down, just a fucking wanker who doesn't think before he speaks? Would he have joined forces with Bono,to put his nose in our countries politics? Would we love him as much as we do now, or would he have faded into the background, had he lived a longer life? So many questions. No answers though.
It really makes me think, about how John, and his entire generation, fought so hard against "the man", against war......and how they truly believed that they were making a difference. Which in my heart, I truly believe they did. Unfortunatly, the world is still ripe with pointless violence, warfare, racism, and all the rest....the original hippies and those who came before them, couldn't get rid of that. Humans are human. We will always have political and religious strife. But, these people, who believed what John Lennon believed, and wanted what John Lennon wanted, they raised us to think for ourselves, question authority, feel empathy for those less fortunate, to fight for what we believe in, and be kind to our neighbors. That is the difference they made, and those are great things that we will hopefully keep passing on to all future generations. Rather, we need to pass those beliefs onto future generations.
Although we will most likely never have the peaceful, war-free global village that we all have envisioned at some point in our life, John Lennon will always be a reminder to all of us, that we need to keep fighting for it anyways, because we fucking deserve it.
So, I challenge you all, take a moment today, to go and do something good. Make someone happy. Write a letter to a politician. Stand up for yourself.
And while you're at it, you might as well put on some classic music. For today, I choose to honor all the Beatles, and I'm gonna make some tea, light some sweetgrass incense and groove to The White Album.
By complete accident, this entry was posted at 10:50pm...which eerily was the moment that John Lennon was shot.Creepy.