In Johns second verse he asks us to:
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 . . .
Sounds like a pipe dream, right? Well, I don’t think so. Everything I have personally experienced and read about from others, tells me that all common people, regardless of race or country, are pretty much the same.
They have the same needs and pretty much want the same things as I do. Give them food, water, a roof over their head, a small plot of land, enough freedom to raise a family in peace and you will have a happy person.
So what’s the problem? We DO have plenty of space don’t we?
As I see it there are only two classes of people on this planet . . . the simple folks I am talking about in the previous paragraph and the power hungry folks who want to use them for their own gain.
One class just wants to be left alone to raise their pigs and tend their rice paddy . . . the other class, the one’s led by the desire for power, position, and possession can never be satisfied by anything and always want more.
Reminds me of a story:
The businessman was at the pier of a small coastal Mexican village when a small boat with just one fisherman docked. Inside the small boat were several large yellowfin tuna. The businessman complimented the fisherman on the quality of his fish and asked, “how long did it take you to catch them?”
The fisherman replied, “Senor, there are many fish in these waters, it takes no time at all to catch the family dinner.”
The businessman then asked, “why don’t you stay out longer and catch even more fish?”
“Senor, my family can only eat so much, what’s left would rot in the sun.” .
“But what do you do with the rest of your time?”
“Well Senor, I play with my children, maybe take a siesta with my wife, and each evening right after dinner I go to the village and sip wine and play guitar with my amigos.” I am a happy man, señor.”
The businessman scoffed, “I am a Harvard MBA and I could help you. You should spend more time fishing and with the proceeds buy a bigger boat. With the proceeds from the bigger boat you could buy several boats; eventually you would have a fleet of fishing boats.”
The fisherman asked, “But señor, how long will this all take?”
“Probably 15-20 years.”
“But what then, señor?”
“You will become a rich man and have power and influence in this village, perhaps even the entire district.”
“Then what senor?”
“Then you could retire. You could sleep late, fish a little, play with your kids, take a siesta with your wife, stroll to the village in the evenings where you could sip wine and play your guitar with your amigos.”
“But senor, isn’t that what I’m doing right now?”
The problem begins for us when, because of our laziness and inattention, we give them rule over us. They con us with the promise of peace, prosperity and freedom, the very things we already had. Instead they give us war and discontent, the very things we do not want. What the hell is that all about!
How many major wars in the last century have been fought because of business interests? . . . All of them. Peasants fight amongst themselves also of course, this is the human condition, but they usually fight over someone stealing a pig or something like that. Only the wealthy can promote a major war, and their wars are fought for other, more dubious, reasons.
The worst part is that the cowards won’t fight their wars themselves. They con us into fighting for them. Their media uses words like hero, sacrifice, glory for God and country, etc. to get YOU blinded enough by their bullshit to send YOUR kids into their meat grinder.
Don’t believe me, research it for yourselves. Here’s the hard truth. You are sacrificing your children upon the alter of Baal . . . just like the old testament story. Only today Baal has a few new names and ‘military industrial complex’ is one of them.
Do you really believe this terrorist threat stuff? Research it from a neutral source and you may be surprised. We got hit on 911 because we were asleep at the wheel. (or it was a conspiracy as many think) Regardless I don’t feel losing all my rights to this homeland security crap is the answer anyway you look at it.
Want to know why we go to war so often? Follow the money trail and see where it ends up. Check out Halliburton and some of the other top players in our war machine. How much did they profit from the gulf wars? An obscene amount of loot went into their coffers. Where’s THEIR patriotic sacrifice?
I am a veteran of the 173rd Airborne Brigade. Today I ask myself more than ever, why did seventeen hundred kids in my brigade have to die in Vietnam? What did that war accomplish? Nothing that I can see, Vietnam is now our friendly trading partner . . . as is Japan . . . as is Germany.
Seems as if every mortal enemy we go to war with ends up becoming a friend. Why not sit down and make friends BEFORE we decide to kill them?
What personal sacrifice did anybody in big business or the government make in ANY of these wars? Time to smarten up and let those old bastards in Washington hear loud and clear that we ain’t going to war no more.
And last, but not least is the greatest war starting machine of all time, religion. Study your history and you’ll see that religion has been the root cause of more killing and maiming than anything else known to man. . . and the religious wars for our time haven’t even begun yet.
Remember Christopher Columbus that great explorer who discovered the America’s in the name of the holy trinity? He was, in the real world, responsible for the greatest mass extermination of human beings of all time . . . even Adolph himself must have been envious of his record. Yet he is honored each year with a holiday . . . ask any American Indian how they celebrate Columbus Day.
It’s not hard for me to imagine doing away with borders, doing away with wars, and doing away with religion. My question would be: “why the hell do we want to keep them?” They say “change is impossible, things are what they are, you people are nuts.” Evolution of the human species demands we get aboard the change train or we will go extinct.
All we need do for now is to unite in our opposition to the blatant disassembling of our constitutional freedoms and stop feeding at the enemies trough. Quit borrowing, quit buying. Back corporations who are concerned with ecological preservation. Companies who care about animal rights and clean food and water and tell the others to go to hell! It can be done. It must be done.
You may say I’m a dreamer
But I’m not the only one
I hope some day you’ll join us
And the world will live as one