Senseless death, of course, is not unique to John Lennon. As the reporter pointed out, there have been about a million Americans killed by guns since Lennon was shot in 1980. Everyone of these deaths were equally senseless.
But what about the death of an artist or a genius like John Lennon? Does that make this particular murder a greater loss? In a way, yes. The person we knew as the Beatle John Lennon died on December 8, 1980. No one can deny that the forty-year Lennon had lead a full and rewarding life up until the time of his death. He achieved musically what few of us can even imagine.
Although we said goodbye to John Lennon too soon, his spirit and music has lived on and probably will do so until at least the last Baby Boomer is laid to rest. From what I’ve observed of Generation X and other young people, Lennon’s spirit is likely to resound for quite a while after that. My daughter who was a toddler in 1980, had one of Lennon’s songs played at her wedding.
So, Lennon’s spirit lives on in all of us. He would like that.