Tuesday, December 7, 2010

The Corrs Perform John Lennon & Yoko Ono's "Happy X-Mas (War Is Over)"

Something thrice seasonally appropriate to accompany Jordan Michael Smith's article for The American Conservative informing us that "John Lennon lived long enough to change his mind about God, money, and politics" — Stop Imagining. An excerpt:
    The man who famously called for imagining a world with “No religion” also jettisoned his anti-theism. “People got the image I was anti-Christ or antireligion,” he said. “I’m not at all. I’m a most religious fellow. I’m religious in the sense of admitting there is more to it than meets the eye. I’m certainly not an atheist.”

    Even more shocking to the idea of Lennon as a secular leftist, or a deep thinker, the man rejected evolution. “Nor do I think we came from monkeys, by the way,” he insisted. “That’s another piece of garbage. What the hell’s it based on? We couldn’t’ve come from anything—fish, maybe, but not monkeys. I don’t believe in the evolution of fish to monkeys to men. Why aren’t monkeys changing into men now? It’s absolute garbage.”

    To some extent, Lennon simply took the same path that many Baby Boomers followed, from sloganeering left-winger to almost conservative father and husband. His final interviews make clear he was above all concerned with his family. “I’m not here for you,” he said, speaking to his fans. “I’m here for me and her and the baby.” He revered the institution of marriage, explaining how much it meant to get the state approving his union with Ono. “[R]ituals are important, no matter what we thought as kids. … So nowadays it’s hip not to be married. But I’m not interested in being hip.”
The middle paragraph reminds me of the "1971 clip of John Lennon attacking the then-popular concern about 'overpopulation' as a 'joke' and a 'myth'" — John Lennon Was No Malthusian — and the last bit about ritual is decidedly Confucian. The article also notes that such ideas "never carried him all the way to the right" as he "remained deeply antiwar until his death." Perhaps he was righter than the author admits.

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Blogger Enbrethiliel said...


And now I can stop thinking of Imagine as a Communist anthem!

(I really should have known better than to have pigeonholed Lennon, though.)

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