Musings on Imagine

On the occasion of John Lennon’s seventieth birthday, the Beaker Folk of Husbourne Crawley have some brilliant thoughts on his most famous song:

As St Elvis of Costello put it, “was it a millionaire who said ‘imagine no possessions’?” And that’s the crux of the problem with “Imagine”. It was hypocrisy when written, and it is now. Lennon invited us to imagine no heaven – and no possessions – and yet made sure he clung onto his possessions himself. He didn’t live up to his own pseudo-ideals. To be sure, none of us do. But then the belief that, whatever we believe we shouldn’t do, we go and do them anyway – that belongs to another belief system. One that doesn’t believe humanity is perfectible on its own. (Read the whole piece.)

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