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Was John Lennon right to dream of a World with no religion?

Asked by Upward (740points) July 21st, 2008

Have we got it all wrong….. is religion the root of all evil?

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PupnTaco's avatar

Seems like it. Ideally, religion or faith would serve as an inspiration for people to get along, but it hasn’t worked out that way.

iwamoto's avatar

well, of course it is the root of all evil, but besides that, PnT’s idea seems to be right

flameboi's avatar

We all just need something (or someone) to believe in, what we believe in gives us purpose to keep going in our lives… Religion is not the purpose of all evil, human selfishness is the root of all evil…

chaosrob's avatar

Religion is the best excuse ever to be divided from others. Lacking that excuse, would we be less divided, or just come up with a different one?

whatthefluther's avatar

It wasn’t just religion. He dreamt of a world where everyone would live as one people exclusive of all entities which cause division among us, be it religion or nationalism or possessiveness. Was Lennon right to dream of a brotherhood of man, living in peace? Absolutely! Sadly, we didn’t come anywhere near it in his lifetime. And, I rather doubt I’ll live to see it either. But, I still dream. And I do Imagine.

stevenb's avatar

^^^well said^^^

wildflower's avatar

Yes. He was entirely right to dream of a world where people do not let anything limit their mindset, what they can explore, wonder, accept or debate. Whether it’s religion, patriotism, fear of judgement or protectionism of possessions (did I put too many s’s in that?)

seVen's avatar

seems like he was deceived by his earthly wealth that’s vanity when one departs this physical dimentional plane.

Poser's avatar

He wasn’t wrong to dream of such a world. But it is wrong to expect or push for such a world. Religion isn’t the root of evil. The exertion of one’s will over another—that is the root of evil.

marinelife's avatar

Would he have cared as he laid out his imagined perfect society if people were religious as long as they did not use that faith to judge others, excuse doing harm to others, or segregate others? Probably not. He had to take a shortcut in saying that, though. It was a song after all.

Poser's avatar

Since when is judging others by an external set of values necessarily a bad thing? There is another question/discussion going on about Hitler. Are we to assume that judging his deeds based upon anything except purely secular values is wrong? Religion may have been the excuse for much evil in the world, but it has been a source of good far more often.

marinelife's avatar

@Poser I disagree.

stevenb's avatar

More people have been killed for religious reasons than all wars added together. I read that in college. People are willing to commit atrocities and murder as long as it is what their Church or God wishes, and they don’t have any moral problem with it. Some crazies actually believe they will be rewarded for it in the afterlife. Independent thinking never has been saught after in religious followers. I’m not sure if common sense is either.

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stevenb's avatar

@poser. I will try to find it asap.

stevenb's avatar The spelling is wrong on the second religious but that is the way it is spelled on the site. I googled this just now and found it. Scary numbers.

felipelavinz's avatar

I wouldn’t say it’s the root of all evil… a large percentage, probably, but don’t forget about power, money, politics…

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