John Lennon's "Imagine" And Secular Humanism
No one can deny that music is a powerful medium. A song can
make us happy, sad, angry, fearful, pensative, feel loved or
in love, idealistic, pessimistic, or any other feeling which
is included in the gamut of human emotions. Some compositions
are light and frivolous, while others are more serious works
of art, profound in nature, which are used as a vehicle to
convey the writer or singer's personal perspective regarding
a particular issue.
Political songs of protest have been common for generations.
In our current era, few artists have had as profound and
enduring an effect upon modern society as John Lennon. For
many people, Lennon was a type of modern messiah, as well as
a revolutionary of peace. The sum of his personal philosophy
is embodied in a song which has been heard the world over,
translated into many different languages, and even performed
at the United Nations. That song is "Imagine".
Exactly what was Lennon's philosophy, and why has "Imagine"
been embraced by so many people, even spanning across three
generations? Is Lennon's vision truly attainable? And more
importantly, is it truly what we want and need? This four
part series addresses these questions, and more.
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