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October 08, 2010

"You May Say That I'm A Dreamer" John Lennon

If there was ever an anthem for our times - or perhaps for our earth - could a better suggestion be....

.....the song Imagine by John Lennon?

OK, I'll admit to being a long time John Lennon fan - and my birthday is even very close to his, but even besides all that, didn't he remind us of who we could be at our best?

He would have turned 70 years old on October 9, 2010. He's been dead for thirty years, but his message is as strong - and as necessary as ever.

The song Imagine has a theme of oneness across the usual boundaries of religion and nation states.

I'll never forget that I was driving the first time I heard the song. I was on my way somewhere and was struck by the solemn simplicity of the cry of John Lennon's heart.

Is peace so difficult? Must our search for meaning and purpose in life require oppression and violence? Must our personal or common safety be at the expense of someone else? How is it that war and corruption come so easily to those of every era and nation? Is mutual respect for the faiths and values of others so impossible?

I believe if John Lennon were still alive, he would be asking these questions.

Consider these words - as crisp and convincing as ever.....

Imagine there's no Heaven
It's easy if you try
No hell below us
Above us only sky
Imagine all the people
Living for today

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

You may say that 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
Sharing all the world

You may say that 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

What are some questions you have about learning or teaching English - or any language?

Let me know what it is about English that you find confounding, infuriating or endlessly intriguing.

Listen, read and speak. Make your new language your own.

My best to you as you make your way through this intriguing , constantly shifting linguistic landscape.

Morf

About the author of this entry:

Morf has a B.A.from the Evergreen State College in Olympia, Washington and an MAT (Master's in Teaching English) from the University of Washington (Seattle). Morf prefers international and independent films, foods he can't pronounce, music no one else has heard of and riding his bicycle in foreign cities. Morf is currently a radio host (tacoma.fm) and a newspaper columnist http://www.thenewstribune.com/opinion/columnists/morf_morford/.

Posted by mmorf at October 8, 2010 09:59 PM

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