Imagine

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John Lennon “Imagine”Imagine there’s no Heaven
It’s easy if you try
No hell below us
Above us only sky
Imagine all the people
Living for today …

Field Negro’s contemplations about religion, Lupe Fiasco, my grandfather’s memorial service, and other personal issues really had me thinking about the positions I’m taking in worldly issues. It made me think about the existence of Heaven and what it means for so many of us trying to find meaning in our lives. It’s about 12:53pm and normally if I was a practicing Catholic, I’d be in church right now. Instead, I think about why it is I’ve left the pipe dreams the church sold me almost 10 years ago. We’ve become so complacent with everything around us …

Imagine there’s no countries
It isn’t hard to do
Nothing to kill or die for
And no religion too
Imagine all the people
Living life in peace

We’ve sat down and watched as the world around us and everyone else’s individual interests overshadow the collective well-being of the proletariat. It’s almost as if we live our lives wantonly, waiting until the very last moment to reconcile with ourselves and our relationship with the G_d within us. There are wars going on, famine, sexism, racism, unneeded death, and all sorts of pestilence ravaging our world, but many of us accept it because, as much as we preach change, we’re really not.

You may say that I’m a dreamer
But I’m not the only one
I hope someday you’ll join us
And the world will be as one

Even personally, we have issues with our parents, friends, lovers, co-workers, strangers we randomly meet, children, students, employers, … that list is interminable, and yet we constantly try to find a way to find a balance. Some of us go about it one way and end up miserable, while some of us have been successful in that endeavor. I’m personally still trying to keep things in perspective. Maybe it’s my Aquarian nature to think so idealistically about the state of the world, but there has to be a time for us to finally come together.

Imagine no possessions
I wonder if you can
No need for greed or hunger
A brotherhood of man
Imagine all the people
Sharing all the world …

And I’m not saying some of these issues don’t happen for a reason. Problems throughout the world are in constant reaction to the last action, similar to a pebble in a pond, and the more pebbles you put into the pond, the more the waves crash with each other. Think about the constant intersections of rupture, and somewhere in between them, a plateau of stillness.

You may say that 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

Imagine if we weren’t simply searching for utter happiness, but peace. Simply being angry isn’t going to do anything other than alleviate my emotional wounds. Acting and being part of the solution has become so vital to my quest for true peace. Everything is relative, and when we put our lives’ pieces in proper perspective, it becomes a lot easier to imagine that reality …

jose, who wonders if someone noticed the theme since last sunday …

p.s. – Shout-outs to:

AM, who wrote a really good entry about me,

All the Carnivals I forgot to highlight as of late like JD’s Carnival of Math 18,

Evolution’s Carnival of Education 139,

Global Citizenship in a Virtual World’s Carnival of Education 138, and

EducationWonks’ Carnival of Education 137.

I’ll do a better job after this, honest.

About Jose Vilson

José Luis Vilson is a math educator, blogger, speaker, and activist. For more of my writing, buy my book This Is Not A Test: A New Narrative on Race, Class, and Education, on sale now.

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Comments 4

  1. Jonathan

    Did anyone imagine notice the theme? All together now, yes.

    You didn’t notice my post announcing the previous CoMath? (Carnival way beyond compare), or my complaint about rough treatment by another blogger a few days later?

    Working lyrics and titles into songs… I like that.

  2. Hugh O'Donnell aka Repairman

    Back in “the day,” Jose, there was a term for your venture into philosophy. “Heavy.” As in “serious.” Maybe as serious as it gets.

    I have noticed your current theme — introspection with a little help from the fab four. They did some beautiful stuff, made some great music, set some stunning examples, both exemplars and warnings.

    But everything that I have experienced, all that I have learned, points me to one conclusion. And that is we will achieve “one world” when we break the cycles of ignorance that separate each of us from our fellows who are different or less advantaged.

    Am I making sense? What I’m saying is that we need more, way more, good and thoughtful teachers who can carry on the conversation of human worth and teach kids to look beyond poverty, beyond race, beyond religion, to see the equal worth of all the earth’s “children.”

    Hell of a big job, and it’s gonna take a lot of big people. Sit upright in the saddle, amigo. You’re part of the movement that’s gonna break that cycle of ignorance. You’re the pebble hitting the pond and creating the positive waves. I’m another. Lots of your readers are making their contributions as well.

  3. Frumteacher

    I wonder every day what happened to the idealism I had as a teenager, the true belief that bringing world peace closer is possible. I would feel that my actions were really adding to making this world a better place, and I hate how as a grown up I am much more cynical. I really do hope that, as Repairman writes, as a teacher I can awaken the idealism in children and teach them not to be judgemental.
    Right now, after another hour with class from hell, I doubt if I am doing just that. I feel like a fool on a hill ;-)

  4. LuzMaria

    When I became a teacher, I found that idealism I had lost after college. The motivating factor for me as an educator is to decrease the high school drop-out rate among our kids, especially. Every single day is a struggle as an educator. There are the massive highs and lows yet thousands of educators are willing to go into battle every single day. Even though things are not perfect, nor will they ever be, we at least must try to get it as close as possible for the future generations. But I also think, as you said, one must must seek to be part of the solution of the problems so that we don’t live in constant regret. Time passes by quickly, too quickly at times.

    As always, provoking and insightful post mon cherie.

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