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To Be Or Not To Be

It was grade 12 - we were on our way to see Shakespeare's Hamlet for a school trip (actually Lennon was shot and died the night before) - but my best friend was the biggest John Lennon fan I had ever known - he idolized him, he was his hero. I don't think we had talked much at all the night before, and I knew seeing him for our school trip would be really awkward.

I didn't think he would come to the trip - but he said, he had to go on with his life. It was quite a sombre play - matched our sombre mood.

Years later someone gave me a tribute shirt made by a local artists. I even had a young woman offer to pay me $100 to have my T-Shirt. I turned her down of course - I still have that shirt.

I always wonder what would have happened had he not been shot ...

do you think peace would have stood a chance?
DeepForest DeepForest 46-50 2 Responses Sep 27, 2010

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I always loved John Lennon's words and deeds. It was odd that he was such an angry young man, was somewhat abusive when he was drunk and yet believed in peace for all. He truly was a bit of a contradiction - but man, what a great songwriter, honestly, there are very few that are the caliber of a John Lennon.<br />
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It is had to believe he would be 70 today. Happy Birthday John - I am sure you are having a fun time jamming with the greats in heaven!

Of course, if John had lived, this would be an entirely different universe. Others might say the same about Martin Luther King, Abraham Lincoln, and many others, but John was the man of my time.<br />
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The same may be true about many unknown, regular people also. Maybe even you or I will accept this responsibility.<br />
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"You say you'll change the constitution<br />
Well, you know<br />
We all want to change your head<br />
You tell me it's the institution<br />
Well, you know<br />
You'd better free your mind instead"<br />
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- by John Lennon, from the song 'Revolution'