When John Lennon was asked as a child what he wanted to be when he grew up he said, "Happy." When he became older and an advocate for peace he noticed how difficult and what a struggle it really was, to compromise with a society that was indifferent to the pursuit of happiness and hell bent on nothing but violence and destruction.
It seems we humans are following a path towards a perfect utopia of peace around the world, through technology. Consider all the things that are made, to make our lives a little more pleasant.
Don't be fooled though and consider this; we still have war and the threat of war always is looming over our heads and with those wars comes much human suffering. Many wars are happening right now, as I type. People are fighting for what they believe, which is one big paradox.
This is what I think the paradox of our time is; We are making our buildings taller and higher but we have shorter tempers. We have wider, faster highways, with spell-bounding vistas but narrower viewpoints. We store more data than ever before, retaining information like it's never-ending but we've become less wise. Suddenly, we have found ourselves with more time for leisure but can think of nothing to do with our time, and we have less fun doing it. There are more conveniences, which should give us more time but we seem to have less. Doctors and scientists are creating a painless long lived society and yet we are more sick than we have ever been. Food today is readily available and chocked full of vitamins and proteins, enriched with this and that, but children are undernourished and are starving to death, all over the world. We have the telephone, radio and television, computers, etc. but less person to person communication as we stare blankly into monitors and talk into faceless microphones. We have possessions coming out of our yin-yangs but value our life less. We have more and more acquaintances and less friends. For some reason you notice things like this as you get older.
Many a great scientist has claimed, we have conquered outer space, but we've neglected our inner space, smashed atoms but not our prejudices.
Lennon once said, "When it gets down to having to use violence, then you're playing the game by the system's rules. The establishment will irritate you and make you fight because once they know you can become violent they will know how to handle you. The only thing they don't know how to handle is nonviolence and humour."
Imagine, all the people, sharing this planet, living in peace, as the songs lyrics imply. "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."
John Lennon got it right don't you think when he sang, All You Need is Love. No one but yourself is responsible for your own happiness. Something we all need to work on.
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