My idea of hell

John Lennon’s Imagine is the most perfect description of hell that I can imagine: a bland, featureless, joyless, hateless, unprincipled, undifferentiated state of blobdom. In fact, it is a remarkably accurate picture of the direction of modern society, as hoped for by people of the Left, and as feared by conservatives.

Imagine there’s no Heaven
It’s easy if you try
No Hell below us
Above us only sky

Imagine all the people
Livin’ for today
Aaa haa

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
Livin’ life in peace
Yoo hoo

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

Imagine no possessions

I wonder if you can

No need for greed or hunger

A brotherhood of man

Imagine all the people

Sharin’ all the world

Yoo hoo

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 live as one

This world would be anti-evolutionary, unfree, poor, uninteresting, murderous (more than our own), rife with socially enforced envy, and beset with suicide. Why live? Why strive? Why not tear down the achievements of the strivers, who are anti-social anyway? Why have families, when we will live as undifferentiated masses in dormitories? Why support our children, when the state will do it for us, as the state will insist upon doing it for us?

Nothing to kill or die for means nothing to live for. Hence suicide. Hence anomie. Hence random acts of violence, just to feel something.

And always, always, the unspoken truth behind all the rhetoric of peace and unity, is a Leviathan, a state so powerful it can reduce everyone to the same level because without that state, human differences would take effect. Though we may live in our equally-sized 90 square meter apartments there will be no equality of power. There is always a priesthood enforcing the equality of outcome that such a regime demands.

In this Godless universe, no crime would have meaning, in fact no act would have meaning, because meaning has been drained from it.

I am reminded of the movie Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1978), which depicts the world that “Imagine” invites us to dwell in. People without human emotion: no pride of place, of family, of accomplishment, no love, no hate, just watching the ticking clock until they head home after a day of meaningless office work to engage in meaningless interaction with their families. Of course they would soon refuse to breed, and die off from lack of self reproduction.

Kind of like what is happening right now, as birthrates tumble, religious attendance declines, and people get hysterical about any politician trying to defend their own societies from foreign invasions.

The movie ought to have been named “Invasion of the Soul Eaters”, and the title track ought to have been Lennon’s “Imagine”.

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Today’s instance of Lennonist blobism is found in the Guardian, an unfailing source of foolishness:

https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2017/feb/06/utopian-thinking-build-truly-feminist-society

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old white guy

I read somewhere years ago that if you had three meals a day, free education and free medical care, with free heat , hydro, and no concerns, it was most likely that you would be in prison.

Bill Elder

The fact that Lennon’s distorted dreamscape utopia was largely the effect of years of LSD abuse, “Imagine” was a generational farewell to reason.

A contemporary of Lennon’w, who was a genuine composer/musician/philosopher wrote a more rational critique of Lennon’s song:

Oh no I don’t believe it
You say that you think you know The meaning of love
You say love is all we need
You say With your love you can change
All of the fools
All of the hate
I think you’re probably out to lunch

Oh no I don’t believe it
You say that you think you know
The meaning of love
Do you really think it can be told?
You say that you really know
I think
You should check it again
How can you say
What you believe
Will be the key to a
World of love?

All your love
Will it save me?
All your love
Will it save the world
From what we can’t understand?
Oh no
I don’t believe it

And in your dreams
You can see yourself
As a prophet
Saving the world
The
Words from your lips
I just can’t believe
You are such
A fool
(Frank Zappa )

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