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December 14, 2010 by Eaglecorps911

By Brian Harris
Thirty years ago on Dec. 8, 1980, the world lost an icon of not only music but one of forward thinking and life and love. On the steps of his apartment building, The Dakota, John Lennon was fatally shot five times by Mark David Chapman.
The impact that Lennon’s murder had was instantly felt. So much so that Howard Cosell interrupted calling a Monday Night Football to inform the nation that one of the world’s foremost musical visionaries was suddenly and viciously taken away from them.
The impact that Lennon had on the world with both his music and his activism was known throughout the world. Even though I was born a little less than five years after his death, Lennon’s philosophical message of love and respect for all of mankind resonated with me like nothing I’ve ever seen or heard before.
The most influential of Lennon’s songs for me were “Imagine” and “Working Class Hero.” Both of the songs and their lyrics, highlighted different emotions and feelings that I have. In the songs “Imagine” and “Working Class Hero”, there’s a dueling sentimentality of how the world is and how it can be changed and or preserved, which is something that a teenage boy with a growing distaste for the world and the way it works can appreciate, especially in “Working Class Hero” with lines like “As soon as your born they make you feel small by giving you no time instead of it all” and “Keep you doped with religion and sex and TV and you think you're so clever and classless and free but you're still f**king peasents as far as I can see.”
As much as “Working Class Hero” tugged at the very essence of my teenaged soul, “Imagine” and it’s much sunnier outlook had a much bigger impression on me. The lyrics ask the listener to think all of these different things and what the world would really be like. The lyrics have a Tolstoy-like, pacifistic, anarchistic,anti-nationalist and atheistic message that is what I have always felt that people should pay more attention to.
The second verse was always my favorite in the song; “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.” There’s probably no other thing that can sum up my political views as well as “Imagine” does.
As I’m writing this article right now, I look over to the wall and see the sketch of John Lennon with the word “Love” done to look like the sign from the old “Love” park in Philadelphia. My aunt got it for me last Christmas because she knows how much of an influence Lennon had on me.
Seeing that is a constant reminder that I shouldn’t be afraid to voice my opinions, no matter how much in the minority they may be but also that we as a human race have a lot to do in order to get this world back on the right track and that I need to do my part in order to reach that goal.

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