“You may say I’m dreamer
But I’m not the only one.
I hope some day you’ll join us
And the world will be as one.”
These mighty and thought-provoking lyrics are from former-Beatle John Lennon’s 1971 hit song, “Imagine.” Lennon was known as a man of peace and, as the song says, he had a dream of the world living together in perfect harmony. He believed violence would only divide humanity even more.
In 1980, the violence Lennon fought so hard against ended up killing him. At the age of 40, Lennon was shot four times and pronounced dead at Roosevelt Hospital.
Fast-forward almost 40 years later and gun violence has unfortunately seemed to increase. In an attempt to fight the gun violence, many in America took a stand and decided to march against the treacherous crime. Among those who marched, former-Beatle and close friend of Lennon, Paul McCartney, was one of them.
McCartney said, “One of my best friends was killed in gun violence around here. So, it’s important to me.” When asked about the potential impact, he said, “This is what we can do. So, I’m here to do it.”
Though Lennon is deceased, his fight for world peace continues to live on through McCartney. With these two examples, among many others, it shows how far integrity goes. These two dreamers of peace, who put their dreams into action, have inspired so many around the globe to do the same thing. This contagious attitude is the crux of what will keep humanity fighting for peace. Let us not allow Lennon’s dream to die by our negligence of doing our part in fighting for the world to live as one. With this, we can go to bed each night knowing that Lennon did not die in vain.