John Lennon was shot to death 29 years ago today. The world wouldn’t let him have the peace he sang about. But the world can’t forget him.
I don’t agree with everything he said or stood for. I can imagine no countries and no possessions, but I’d rather not imagine there’s no heaven. I don’t think I want to imagine all the people living for today…it seems empty and selfish and hopeless. And I think some things are worth dying for. I don’t agree with everything he stood for, but I understand that he was searching for the best ways to find peace and brotherhood and selflessness.
I think what’s probably most striking is the fact that he was a visionary. Although people called him the brains of the Beatles, he was an idealist, too. We don’t find too many of those in life. Oh sure, there may be plenty of closet idealists, but it all amounts to nothing if you aren’t willing to stand up and say I won’t just accept things the way they are. I see a better world and I’m going to do something about it. John Lennon tried to do that. He used his success as a platform to promote his beliefs. I wonder what the world would be like if more people lived striving to achieve their ideals.