Another Daily Dose Of Lennon

“You may say I'm a dreamer, but I'm not the only one. I hope someday you'll join us. And the world will live as one.”
― John Lennon

These lyrics have moved millions of people through the years, and for good reason. They speak to our yearning for things such as Peace and Justice for everyone. They stand out in a world full of injustice as inspiration to the oppressed and downtrodden. I find it interesting that so many people instantly connect with these words and yet fail to connect any other ways.
It is disappointing that the same people who sing these lyrics and listen carefully to the words seem to forget them so quickly once the moment has passed. Was Lennon reaching into our collective psyche and touching something deep within us that normally fails to come to the surface? I believe so, the meaning in these lyrics are inspiring, but by themselves cannot make the world a better place. They evoke the images necessary to Imagine that better place, but the use of the word “dreamer” equates achieving these things to the ethereal world rather than the real world.
Peace and Justice are not easy things to obtain. They have to be the focus of struggle and effort. I think that Lennon phrased things deliberately because he realized this. To openly call for revolution, or at the very least, for a serious reevaluation of our society would have instantly branded him as a radical even more so than he already was. It would have made these lyrics subversive rather than suggestive, and therefore diminished their impact on people.
I am thankful for these lyrics by Lennon because they do require the effort and struggle to realize that the things he mentions are worth it, but also that there is no easy answer to our problems. Change and Justice require more than words, but words are where the ideas come from.
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1 Response Nov 30, 2012

Lennon was always radical. He died too young. On the wall beside my computer is a clipping from the paper, a photo of he and Yoko holding a sign saying "WAR IS OVER". There were then and still are today, wars all over the place but today other people including the present US President are prepared to say "we must never, or never again engage in a war on foreign soil unless we have first been attacked. In Lennon's time no US president would have (or ever did) say that. His words are more relevant than ever today. "You say you want a revolution, you better free your mind instead" is just one of many examples that come to mind. That is some accomplishment for a "working class hero" who was deported from the US after being busted for pot. Finally the law on marijuana has begun to change too, just Colorado and Washington as at Nov. 2012. This is not solely due to John Lennon of course, it involved a few other people as well. Artists are the vanguard of social change.