The Future According To John Lennon

Extracts from John Lennon’s last interview, recorded a few hours before he was shot:

(John is talking about the power of visualisation to create what we want)

but nowadays even football players are doin’ it, right? Which we were doin’ then, which was projecting the future in a positive way. And people said, ‘you’re naïve, you’re dumb, you’re stupid’, we didn’t…ok, it might’ve hurt us on a personal level to be called names, but what we were doin’ – you can call it magic, meditation, projection of goal – which business people do, they have courses on it. The footballers do it. They pray, they meditate before the game. They visualize themselves winning. Billie Jean King visualizes every move of…on the court. What we were doin’, we were early pioneers of that movement. Which is to project a future which we can have goals which we can reach. Right? People project their own future. So, what we wanted to do was say, ‘let’s imagine a nice future’ .

She’s [Yoko] right, the males like, even Aldous Huxley and George Orwell who produced 1984 you look into Orwell’s life it was all torture and this that and the other, and he was brought up in a certain environment and went into a male-dominated society full of Marxist stuff about Spain, and they were all from the thir…whatever, that period when they…when they had those dreams of socialism answering everything. Right? And their dreams fell to dust after the war…

And then they wrote these books projecting this horrific, Big Brother, monsters controlled by robots and – even now – I think these people that project these space fantasies are projecting war in space continually, with women in mini-skirts, available sexual objects, men with super-macho John Wayne guns on their hips. I’m sayin’ it’s time for the people to get hip to that, man. Because they’re projecting our future.

Do we want to go…our children to be out in space, or our grandchildren fighting – maybe not Russians – but Venusians in space? You see? If it works for a football player and a tennis player it can work for all of us. We have to project a positive future.

I mean I think that’s what Christ and Mohammed and those people were saying in their way in their time for their society.”

There was a Beatles book that was handed out in the 1964 tour, a book of photographs. And on the top of it it says…it shows this young John Lennon in his usual big-mouth way sayin’ ‘No phony politician’s ever gonna get through to me.’ Well, I take the ‘phony politician’ out [in 1980] because I don’t think any, all politicians are phony. I don’t think…I won’t even categorize ‘politicians’ now. Because I’ve learned a lot since I was 23. But, I don’t think politics is the only answer, you see? And, I think, this idea that we elect these leaders and then expect them to do miracles for us.

Now, Kennedy is a big dream for everybody because he didn’t live to fulfill or let us down. It’s not to negate what Kennedy was and what he means to people, but the reality is, had he lived, how do you know how well he would’ve done at the time? Right?

So investing leaders with supernatural powers – whether they be pop stars, politicians or movie stars or football hero, it don’t work. It just doesn’t work, because we put them up on the pedestal and then immediately want to knock them off.

…it has no…that’s why I’m from the generation that don’t…doesn’t vote. I would never vote for one of those people because I know none of them can ever do anything for me.

But it is changing, I must say. Look, when I say, ‘Oh football players are doin’ it and ‘businessmen are doin’ it’ I mean the fact is people are believing in projecting their own power, visualizing goals, visualizing positiveness and…and doing these things that are changing…changing the world. It…it all takes time. You see, I…the bit about the sixties we were all full of hope and then everybody got depressed and the seventies were terrible – that attitude that everybody has; that the sixties was therefore negated for being naïve and dumb. And the seventies is really where it’s at, which means, you know, putting makeup on and dancing in the disco – which was fine for the seventies – but I don’t negate the sixties. I don’t negate the seventies. The sixt…the seeds that were planted in the sixties – and possibly they were planted generations before – but the seed…whatever happened in the sixties the…the flowering of that is in the feminist, feminization of society. The meditation, the positive learning that people are doing in all walks of life. That is a direct result of the opening up of the sixties.

Now, maybe in the sixties we were naïve and like children everybody went back to their room  and said, ‘Well, we didn’t get a wonderful world of just flowers and peace and happy chocolate and, and, and it wasn’t just pretty and beautiful all the time’ and that’s what everybody did, ‘we didn’t get everything we wanted’ just like babies and everybody went back to their rooms and sulked. And we’re just gonna play rock and roll and not do anything else . We’re gonna stay in our rooms and the world is a nasty, horrible place ‘cause it didn’t give us everything we cried for’, right?

Cryin’ for it wasn’t enough. The thing the sixties did was show us the possibility and the responsibility that we all had. It wasn’t the answer. It just gave us a glimpse of the possibility, and the seventies everybody gone ‘Nya, nya, nya, nya’. And possibly in the eighties everybody’ll say, ‘Well, ok, let’s project the positive side of life again’, you know? The world’s been goin’ on a long time [laughs], right? It’s probably gonna go on a long time…”

So, what’s my take on all of this?

I’m confident that Lennon surmised that humans as a race had been largely using our combined metaphysical powers in the wrong way.

I believe he figured that if we all collectively focused on the world that we wanted to create, and not on the one we feared, that projection out into space would lend energy and power to its creation. Our visualisation would create the reality we wanted, in the same way that professional sports people and business people do as a matter of routine.

If it works for individuals, in special case scenarios, why couldn’t it work collectively, in a general case? The laws of physics are intention agnostic.

In summary John Lennon proposed that we:

'use the sum of our collective metaphysical powers to focus on creating a world that works for everybody.'

And, so this is what the Greater Life For All project is all about. A little later than Lennon may have hoped, but it’s the perfect time for us.

Now is what we’ve got – and the only thing we’ll ever have.