Imagine (John Lennon)

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…
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 I'm a dreamer
But I'm not the only one
I hope someday you'll join us
And the world can be as one.

Rembrandt. Oath
of Claudius
Civilis. 1661

Rembrandt. Oath of Claudius Civilis. 1661

John Lennon, a musician and noted peace activist, wrote this song to capture what needs to be done in the here and now to create a Utopia, or the perfect world. What do you think of this song? Notice that some of the things that Lennon argues need to go: Religion and Countries. Why do you think that Lennon feels that these two things need to go?

In this song Lennon is arguing for, amongst other things, the removal of loyalty. Loyalty to country, to religion and wants instead "a brotherhood of man," so that the "world can be as one." What do you think? Is loyalty to religion or to your country a bad thing? Would the world be a better place without these loyalties? How about the loyalties to our families and friends? Are these good or bad? Do we even have a choice or is loyalty part and parcel of being human?

These questions are all fundamental to the discussion of loyalty and will be explored in more depth.



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