Imagine If “Imagine” Came True Imagine no possessions. I wonder if you can.

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By Lynn Woolley

This column was written on September 9, 2001.

Every now and then, some sweet, beautiful young thing is interviewed by a middle-aged host at the Miss-Something-or-other Pageant, and invariably will cite John Lennon’s “Imagine” as her favorite song. The song, with its lilting piano interludes and high-sounding idealistic lyrics is often quoted by people young and old as a personal favorite. And now some rock star has paid mega-bucks just to own the piano that Lennon used to compose the song.

But have you ever stopped to examine those lyrics? Have you ever considered what the world would be like if “Imagine” came true?

It’s not a very pretty picture, actually. 

John Lennon in 1970

John Lennon in 1970

If Lennon’s dream is ever realized, we’ll all be living under a “New World Order,” with a benevolent but powerful unified government giving us just what we need, and nothing more.

The opening line establishes the underlying theme of the song: in John Lennon’s perfect world, no religion is needed – no Jesus, no Buddha, no Mohammad, no God.

“Imagine there’s no heaven. It’s easy if you try. No hell below us. Above us only sky. Imagine all the people living for today.”

How depressing. If Mr. Lennon meant to inspire us with these cheery thoughts, perhaps he was in the midst of one of his noted encounters with a chemical substance. I’d prefer to imagine – or to believe – that there is a heaven – that humankind’s existence on Planet Earth is more than mere happenstance resulting from some hypothetical Big Bang. I do suppose, though, that many folks would just as soon believe there’s no hell. “If it feels good, do it,” Lennon is saying. Neither reward nor punishment waits in the next life.

“Imagine there’s no countries. Nothing to kill or die for and no religion too. Imagine all the people living life in peace.”

This little sentiment that Mr. Lennon expresses about countries is his big idea that the world should be under a common government, and that it should be socialist. Here, the former Beatle is saying that if we don’t have any countries and no religion, we’d have nothing to fight and die for. Presumably, this would end the fighting in the Middle East (over land) and in Northern Ireland (over religion) and everywhere else. There’d be nothing to fight for. Imagine that! Ah, but here comes the rub…

“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.”

So to realize John Lennon’s dream, we not only have to eliminate national sovereignty in favor of one-world government, but each individual has to become part of a collective in which we “share” everything. We’d have no poverty. In fact, we’d have nothing at all except what this Lennonesque government decides that we need. Okay, now to the chilling conclusion:

“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 be as one.”

Years after John Lennon was brutally shot down by a deranged fan, his dream is still alive and still picking up steam. Socialistic tendencies are rampant in many quarters these days including most of Europe and within our own Democratic Party here in the States. The idea of a wise and benevolent government that takes care of us all from cradle to grave flourished in the Clinton Administration and has survived into the Bush years. And religion has already been removed from most public places – most notably our schools. “Imagine” is still the socialist anthem of choice on our politically correct college campuses.

But to imagine Lennon’s dream is to imagine the end of individuality, personal responsibility, free enterprise, and – freedom.

It would also mean the end of great institutions such as the church, and of course, the United States of America (and all other nations) would fade into oblivion.

It’s hard to imagine anything worse.

“Imagine” lyrics by John Lennon, copyright 1972 by EMI Blackwood Music/Lenono Music. Used for review purposes.

Lynn Woolley’s e-mail address is

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