On December 8, 1980, the world bid a tearful farewell to John Lennon. “Beatle” John was one of the greatest lyricists and artistic geniuses in modern times. Lennon’s unique musical style, his thought-provoking lyrics, and his melodious sonnets touched all of us in some special, personal way.
John Lennon was the voice of universal peace during a time of intense domestic turmoil and challenges, international tensions, and social injustice – very similar to what we have been experiencing during these troubling times. Ironically, Lennon’s sincere belief in the benevolence within all people contributed to his senseless murder. Mark David Chapman extinguished the creative fires of an artist who only wanted to “Give Peace a Chance.” Isn’t it strange how peacemakers throughout history have met violent deaths (e.g., Jesus, Gandhi, Martin Luther King Jr., and Anwar Sadat)?
Some denounce John Lennon as the radical responsible for social decay. However, there were numerous subcultures and underground movements throughout the 60’s and ‘70s that needed neither John Lennon nor the Beatles as an excuse to protest the war in Vietnam and the social injustices of the time.
There will never be another John Lennon. On December 8, let us all remember John Lennon in our prayers. May his spirit of peace and brotherly love live on! Hopefully, John’s beautiful dreams of peace, tranquility, and understanding will become realities in our lifetime. In John Lennon’s own immortal, poetical words from “Imagine:” “You may say 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.”
John Di Genio