Imagine no possessions
I wonder if you can
No need for greed or hunger
A brotherhood of man
Imagine all the people sharing all the world
You, you may say
I’m a dreamer, but I’m not the only one
I hope some day you’ll join us
And the world will live as one
What would you be willing to give up to let someone else live? Would you give up your Christmas dinner so someone could eat? The world has more than enough for everyone to live happy, healthy lives. Even in the 70’s when Lennon wrote Imagine there was enough for everyone. Today the disparity between the worlds richest and poorest is greater than ever. 26,000 children die from preventable disease every day. It wouldn’t even take giving up all your possessions. If everyone gave 10% of their income to helping others, lives would be saved.
When you help someone you become connected to them. There is some little piece of you that stays with them and them with you. You never forget that moment. The feeling it gave you and the look in their eyes as you reached a part of their soul and provided them with a piece of humanity they had been missing. Lennon imagined a world where every person had this connection. This “Brotherhood of Man”. No reason to fight with each other because we have a bond greater than possessions, borders, or religion.
His song is as appropriate for the religious faithful as it is for Atheists. John Lennon’s song is about peace and togetherness. It’s about a dream. It’s not an anthem for any particular group of people. It’s an anthem for all people. It’s a dream he wished to see come true. It’s an invitation to “live as one”. Is the world that John Lennon imagines any different from the one that Jesus offered?