I poked around for Lennon videos, if anyone is curious, here ya’ go…
The Beatle (is that Lennon?) seems to have apologized (see “The Beatles Popular than Jesus”, beware its loud) for the “Bigger than Jesus” comment. The apology calls it a misunderstanding in the end, just the facts of TV and the Beatles being more popular with children than Jesus is, he explains, that’s all that he meant. Oh well, I guess he took time to come to an irreligious conviction. I guess he struggled. Like many of us do.
Maybe it was later in his life, he had more conviction to the atheistic “And no religion too”, and Humanistic “Imagine all the people, living for the world” ideas, not to imply that he identified himself as an atheist nor a Humanist. He seems like a good man either way though.
I found a song “God” where Lennon says: God is a “concept… by which we measure our pain”, he sings that he dosen’t believe in magic, I-ching, the Bible, talent, Hitler, Jesus, Kennedy, government, mantra, Gita (Hinduism), yoga, kings , Elvis, Zimmerman, Beatles, he just believes in Yoko and himself. No Bible and Jesus. And no kings. It’s so nice to hear a Brit say that. He says the dream was over yesterday , “I was the dreamweaver, but now I’m reborn”. Maybe that’s what Asanta talking about.
Departing from irreligion for now, but still on Lennon’s philosophy… In a Dick Cavet interview/performance Lennon says that he’s “one of those NYC fanatics” and he “hate it when he leaves NYC”. He say he was a male chauvinist. And the main point he and Yoko are pleaing a femminist message that Woman is the nigger of the world, sympathizing first with blacks and then with women. The song is a bluesy R&R song. The sax sounds like Saturday Night Live, to me.