Roger J Carlson, the simplest interpretation of John Lennon’s anthem is dreaming of a world where the motivations that create strife between individuals and nations don’t exist … “and the world will be as one.” It’s an aspirational message, and a “dream” that will never be realized. That said, it can be meaningful to the individual (or nation) that introspectively considers their role relative to others — how they want to be treated by others and viewed as treating others.
As a struggling musician in my youth, I loved this song for the beautiful melody and elegantly simple message. As a retired, former CEO who had a successful career leading financially and socially responsible companies, I still love this song for the reasons I stated in my poem. When I’m not writing, I’m “giving” back as a business mentor and coach/advisor to aspiring entrepreneurs and companies. Lastly (but firstly), I’m the patriarch of a family, and I believe my #1 job is producing good citizens who are also coveted friends. I’m proud to say it’s going pretty well.
Please consider taking the “time out” my poem suggests is possible. I promise there will be no adverse side effects, and it might change your perspective of the song and, more importantly, of other things happening in a relatively unkind world. Thanks for taking the time to leave your comment, Roger.