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In this post THOM shares with us his timely reflections on our most precious freedom : to think for ourselves.

“On 8th December, 1980, a murderer’s gunshot rang out in New York that would guarantee legend status for his victim. John Lennon was just 40 years old. Had he lived he would now be almost 74 – an “elderly” man like myself. But his murder has ensured that he will survive in our imaginations as the talented and controversial singer-songwriter-composer in his prime. Almost 400 years before in Rome, a talented philosopher, mathematician, poet and astrologer was murdered by agents of the Catholic Church. Giordano Bruno was murdered because he represented a threat to those who wanted to control the way others thought. He challenged Catholic doctrines including the Trinity and Transubstantiation. He had used his imagination and the Church didn’t like it – so it murdered him. Lennon’s murder was even more pointless. Mark Chapman wanted to be “famous” himself. But he lacked the imagination to be truly creative. So he murdered Lennon who was. Just imagine.

Lennon urged all of us to Imagine – in the iconic song and album of that name. The simple tune and inspirational lyrics will remain as a worthy memorial to Lennon and a touchstone for rational people throughout ages to come.

“Imagine there’s no heaven,
It’s easy if you try.
No hell below us,
Above us only sky.

“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.

“You may say I’m a dreamer,
But I’m not the only one.
I hope some day you’ll join us
And the world will be as one.”

The psychopaths of IS are the most recent manifestation born of the failure of peoples to use their imaginations – their failure to think for themselves – their naive trust in allowing others to tell them how and what to think – the very stuff of Religion. Just imagine !”