Merry Christmas – John Lennon


Jesus was not a Christian and Buddha was not a Buddhist but their religion was love. Can it really be this simple? That the ultimate religion is love ! Perhaps we all need to see what we have settled for in order to fully realize that there is another choice versus war and injustice as well as the full meaning of Lennon’s Merry Christmas ( War is Over ) which was recorded in 1971~ nine years before Lennon was shot down and killed in December, 1980: Allen L Roland, Ph.D

 “An eye for an eye will make us all blind”  ~ Mahatma Gandhi


 The official 4 minute video for John Lennon’s ‘Merry Xmas (War Is Over, if you Want It)’

 A protest song against the Vietnam War, “Happy Xmas (War Is Over)”

has since become a Christmas standard, frequently covered by other artists,

appearing on compilation albums of seasonal music, and named in many polls

as a holiday favorite. With our recent revelations about torture as well as our

continuing illegal unmanned Drone strikes that are killing scores of innocent

civilians ~ the song remains appropriate. See article:

At the beginning of the song, two whispers can be heard. Yoko whispers: “Happy Christmas, Kyoko” (Kyoko Chan Cox is Yoko’s daughter with Anthony Cox) and John whispers: “Happy Christmas, Julian” (John’s son with Cynthia.

But this Christmas, I offer the hope of Lennon’s greatest song which is a needed reminder that the hope for a better world still remains deep in all our hearts. Sing it along with John and let it be our Christmas and New Year’s wish for the world. Three minute You Tube Video:


About the Author: Allen L Roland is a Freelance Alternative Press Online columnist. He is also a practicing psychotherapist, author and lecturer who also shares a daily political and social commentary on his web site at He also guest hosts a Truthtalk, a national radio show that airs monthly. He is available for comments, interviews, speaking engagements and private consultations via email at [email protected].


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Allen L Roland, PhD is a Freelance Alternative Press Online columnist. He is also a heart-centered spiritual consultant, author, and lecturer who also shares a weekly political and social commentary on his website at He also guest hosts Truthtalk, a national radio show that airs monthly. He is available for comments, interviews, speaking engagements as well as private consultations via email at [email protected]. Roland is a twin who was born in Boston, Massachusetts, survived a dysfunctional family, pursued and lived his dreams, including becoming a Navy supersonic carrier pilot, finding himself by fully opening his heart, writing three books, siring four children ~ and still living his ultimate dream by making a difference from a place of love, celebration, and service. His Ph.D. dissertation THE UNIFIED FIELD was chosen by Common Boundary and Noetic Science Institute, in their 1998 national dissertation contest, as one of the top three finalists for combining spirituality and psychology. His ongoing heart-centered work as a consultant with veterans with PTSD is the most satisfying work of his life. Allen's online newsletter, columns, and radio broadcasts are committed to the truth ~ as he sees it ~ for only the truth is revolutionary.


  1. If we were inherently evil, we would have already destroyed this world in which we are living. And ourselves along with it. But we still remain. We are still here, now, and we are “awakening”. Slowly but surely we will awaken.

    We are NOT animals, following blind instinct with no rationality—we have the ability for conceptual thought, we have memory, we have guilt. We have a reasoning mind, we can judge, and we can create.

    We have had poor teachers perhaps, poor information perhaps, but we are not evil. We can act evil, no doubt about it; we can act like animals, thus forgetting all that we have worked towards, but we WILL awaken to our humanity. Otherwise, what’s the point of anything? Of anything at all? Why even breathe, if all hope is lost?

    Everything matters. Everything. Even a single idea can change the world. And it wouldn’t be the first time.

  2. there is absolutely nothing inherent, otherwise there would be no possibility and any change and everything would be permanent. As everything is impermanent, has a beginning and an end, seeing things having ‘inherent’ characteristics is a completely wrong view of what we call reality.

  3. “Jesus was not a Christian and Buddha was not a Buddhist “. Of course not. Of course Jesus was a Christian and Buddha a Buddhist. Was does it mean being a Christian ? It means you believe in Jesus’ words.
    Do you think Jesus himself didn’t believe in his own words ? Exactly same for the Buddha.
    Actually Jesus was the very first and most perfect Christian, and that’s exactly why he is the one who has to be followed by his followers. Again, exactly same for the Buddha.

    “but their religion was love”. Yes, because Love is the very meaning of religion. Actually Jesus and Buddha taught the same thing – love – in different ways. That’s also why there is a so great connection between the two.