but I’m not the only one

39 years ago today John Lennon released “Imagine,” a simple poem of a song that shatters every societal construct that we take for granted. Countries, the sports teams we kill and die for; religion, too often used as a wedge between us when the basic tenets seem so similar to outsiders; and the enforced scarcity that keeps us fighting like animals. Perhaps he was a dreamer, believing we could shed our tribal natures, obey the Golden Rule, live and let live, and share. It is asking a lot. But perhaps that isn’t the real message.

Instead of accepting “it is what it is,” ask yourself, is this the best of all possible worlds? I think not. We should never sit on our laurels and stop working to make it better. It’s easy to do that, whether you try or not. Cynicism is easy. Hope is hard. That kind of faith is hard to come by, but if you don’t believe in the future, or your fellow man, you have no faith at all.


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

Imagine there’s no countries
It isn’t hard to do
Nothing to kill or die for
And no religion too
Imagine all the people
Living life in peace

You may say that I’m a dreamer
But I’m not the only one
I hope someday you’ll join us
And the world will be as one

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 may say that 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 

© 2010 Tommy Salami