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Thursday, October 23, 2003

Don't imagine, just study the history of the twentieth century

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 isnt hard to do,
Nothing to kill or die for,
No religion too,
Imagine all the people
living life in peace...

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...

If one stops and thinks about it John Lennon’s haunting song serves as a hymn to the myth of the socialist utopia, the dream of creating a secular heaven on earth. While it expresses the deep yearning of the human spirit for peace, security and brotherhood, a more clear-headed reflection upon the lyrics reveal it to be one more in a long line of fantasies that have never come close to being realized in human experience. The verdict of history has been delivered and humanity stands accused - we have never been able to live for any sustained period in anything approaching the utopian paradise. We lament paradise lost and yearn for paradise regained but the perfect society remains forever beyond our grasp. There is a fatal flaw in all of us, a common burden of inherited sorrow and sin in which the good that we desire is the very thing we cannot bring about.

The irony of Lennon’s lyric was never more stark than when the song was chosen to feature prominently in Roland Joffe’s film about “the Killing Fields” of Cambodia.

Imagine there's no heaven,
It's easy if you try,
No hell below us,
Above us only sky

Pol Pot would gladly have appropriated these words himself as the manifesto for his Communist distopia. And this:

Imagine… no possessions
… no religion too

Surely a classic encapsulation of the goal of all atheist totalitarian regimes.

As Thomas Sowell noted in his piece Disastrous Utopia, Socialism has long sought to create a heaven on earth but an even older philosophy pointed out that the road to hell is paved with good intentions...

6:18:00 pm