What impact would John Lennon have had if he were still alive today?

United States
May 25, 2007 7:39am CST
This question occured to me, strangely, while watching the finale of Americal Idol this week. John Lennon songs (solo and with the Beatles) were covered a few times. In particular, Green Day's moving version of "Working Class Hero". His picture was also shown. He seemed to be part of the spirit of that particular show (not the whole series), which was pretty good, IMHO, because of that spirit. He has become a huge cultural icon, and would seem to be still an inspiration to many. More so than any other artist, living or dead, I believe. I thought it would be interesting to consider how things might be different if he were still alive. I expect, and hope, that he would be still the radical, humanist artist he ever was, and working in some medium (hopefully music among them) and for causes, such as world peace. Of course, he may have become just another reactionary, or a recluse, or he might be pedalling mediocre nonsense (to put it politely) like McCartney. But I don't think so. He is revered now as much for his unfailing integrity and intellect as for the fantastic songs, and this would not have diminished. He would have had much to say on current wars, commercialism, terrorism, even the Internet and other apsects of society. I think he would have focussed thoughts and brought people together for important causes. Anyone else have thought on this topic?
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@luluwow (165)
• United States
30 Sep 07
I believe John Lennon was a very grounded, inspired, connected and consciously expanded thinker. If he were alive today I think he would still focus on trying to bring people together as a collective, raising the consciousness and vibration of people to benifit the global planet.
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• United States
30 Sep 07
Yes, I believe so too. He was such a great communicator, bringing expanded consciousness to a wider audience. I believe his influence would have been enormous.
@fec139 (803)
• United States
2 Feb 08
He would have tremendous impact! He would be endorsing Obama for president!
• Philippines
13 Jan 08
Even if he still alive today, all rightist governments around the world would have him killed in any way possible wherever he has concerts. He's for certain for communism, just take a look at Karl MArx quote " where world no religion to divide us and peace for shelter". Well, he's leaving us a daily inspiration for world peace.