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"Imagine" Copyright 1971 John Lennon:
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...

Though many have strong convictions about faith, what would happen if it were to be erased?  Here's my condensed view for those unfamiliar with world history:

First, there would be no major conflicts today.  Almost every major dispute in the world today is over religion.

With that said, there would be a few other gnarly consequences:
1. Persia would have never been united under Zoroastrianism.
2. Arabic would not be a dominant language, and the classics of the past would have not been preserved.
3. No crusades.
4. No unified cultures.
5. Many more than I can list here.

OK, religion is important.  But, as John so eloquently suggests, how about if we live our lives on earth in the moment.  "Imagine all the people, living for today ..."  That's an incredible message, and it's true.  People are so concerned with their own "salvation" that they forget the needs of others, and even the teachings of their messiahs.  Jesus said to "turn the other cheek", but violence has always been advocated in his name.  This is not the fault of Jesus; conversely, I love Christ.  But when people take a noble message and twist it ... think for yourselves.  Even Satan can quote scripture to justify his actions, and he did when he tempted Jesus.  You can relate it to this dialogue from the movie "Dogma"

Loki: Leaving 'Alice in Wonderland' aside, look closely at 'Through the Looking Glass' - particularly 'The Walrus and the Carpenter' poem: what's the metaphorical meaning?
Nun: I wasn't aware there was one.
Loki: Oh, but there is - it colorfully details the sham that is organized religion. The Walrus - with his girth and good-nature - obviously refers to either the Buddha, or - with his tusks - the lovable Hindu elephant god, Lord Ganesha. This takes care of the Eastern religions. The Carpenter is an obvious reference to Jesus Christ, who was purportedly raised the son of a carpenter. He represents the Western religions. And in the poem. What do they do? They dupe all the oysters into following them. Then. when the oysters collective guard is down. the Walrus and the Carpenter shuck and devour the helpless creatures, en masse. I don't know what that says to you, but to me it says that following faiths based on these mythological figures insures the destruction of one's inner-being.

The message is to reject those who want to use you, to think for yourself.  Faith is great, just don't let others use it.

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...

Now that's a great idea ... a communal earth.  Unfortunately for us, socialism doesn't work because of human greed.  We'd need a ton of checks and balances, but that doesn't work, as seen in the United States Gov't.  One of the three branches, the Judicial Branch, specifically the Supreme Court, is the most undemocratic thing in our government.  Because of ONLY 5 VOTES, Bush became president.  Because of another system that is abhorrent (the Electoral College), a farmer's vote in South Dakota is worth MORE THAN TWICE THAT of a lower-class African-American, working three shifts to support his family, in New York.  

Also, with nothing to kill or die for, Bush's "Texacutioner" style of Justice would disgust Americans, who would (finally) join the rest of the world in thinking that Bush is an idiot.  

Maybe, if something cool, like first contact, would happen, people would be able to come together as one race, the human race.  We would realize that there is this infinite universe out there, and there's no reason to fight.

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

Just what I said above ... the world will live 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...

Socialism/Communism ... not the USSR-let's-impovrish-our-citizens-and-make-ourselves-fat communism, but a pure version.  A brotherhood of man ... sharing all the world.  There would be no greed or hunger, because if we all worked together, everyone could have all that they wanted since it would cost much less to produce food, clothes, or anything.  I wish we could share such an altruistic view.  Jesus did.  If you look at his teachings, he was also a communist.

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

Please, everyone.  Resist the American system and think of others above yourself.  It will make you feel better about yourself and others.

In memory of John Lennon
Oct. 8 1940 - Dec. 9 1980
Outlaw guns now.