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Aristotle spoke of music as having "influence over the character and the soul." He noted that "Rhythm and melody supply imitations of anger and gentleness, and also of courage and temperance, and of all the qualities contrary to these," and that, as a result of listening to music, "our souls undergo a change."

Maybe that's one of the reasons we're not seeing the change we want in the world - because our souls aren't changing. Maybe we need more music, and the philosophy that often goes with it.

Interestingly enough, Aristotle presented this view as part of his political philosophy and within the context of educating children. (Aristotle believed that "education should be regulated by law and should be an affair of state.") It's as if he was suggesting that change must come from the young.

With that lead-in, enjoy and ponder this powerful, tearjerkeing video.

What place should music have in influencing politics? Is the world John Lennon imagined something you would prefer over today's? What prevents us from getting there? Should we encourage people in the military to listen to this song and to think about the lyrics every time they pick up a gun? Is this the ideal anthem for peace? Should musicians play a larger role in sending political messages? Do you think Glee with the members of the Haverbrook School for the Deaf choir do a better job presenting the vision of the brotherhood of man than John Lennon did? If we had more music in our lives, would we see more positive change?

Lyrics:

Imagine there's no heaven

It's easy if you try

No hell below us

Above us only sky

Imagine all the people

Living life for today

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 someday you'll join us

And the world will be as one

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

You may say 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

Glee Imagine (from Glee Season 1 - Episode 11 - Hairography)

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Original posting by Braincrave Second Life staff on Sep 29, 2011 at http://www.braincrave.com/viewblog.php?id=654

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