John Lennon

john-lennon-imagineA few days ago was the 30th anniversary of John Lennon’s death. Howard Cosell announced his death on Dec.8 to a shocked nation. I have been amazed at the amount of people that are commenting on his life.

However, I am equally shocked at how quickly we ignore certain facts when a person has died, especially when they die an untimely death, such as John Lennon.

Does anyone remember the fact that he was under investigation by the FBI? That in 1972 he was found guilty of paying $75,000 to disrupt the Republican Convention (even if it meant getting ugly) because he thought that they were the main people behind the Vietnam War.

Does anyone remember the anti-god, anti-America, anti-Christian, anti-religion statements that he often and freely made?

How that he would get so ugly around the apartment that Yoko Ono would make him leave - sometimes he would be gone for a month? About his affairs? About his homosexual encounters?

What about the well known fact that he had become so dependent upon marijuana that he went through copious amounts? Not just for a while - how about for the whole decade of the 1970's?

In his song, I Found Out: "There ain’t no Jesus gonna come from the sky."

In his song God: "God is a concept by which we measure our pain."

About the song Imagine, ". . . a humanistic song par excellence, . . ." according to the World Socialist Movement website.

As I watched the memorials from New York to London, heard the comments about John Lennon’s greatness, here is his introspective comment about himself, "Part of me suspects that I'm a loser, and the other part of me thinks I'm God Almighty."

Paul said something about this part thing, "Now I know in part, but then I shall know even as I am known." I, too, only know in part, but this part I am settled on - I am not God Almighty. I think that John Lennon has that part settled as well.

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