Let's Not Imagine Cloning John Lennon Just Yet

Photo by Hamish Foxley
Looks like him. Not him.
You may not realize it, Dr. Zuk, since you have been doing the hard and often underappreciated job of fixing rotten teeth, but the musical landscape has changed immensely since Lennon died. Clone Lennon would likely not be influenced by Chuck Berry and Little Richard. He might go with 2 Chainz and Robin Thicke.

No matter who he chooses, though, your unfortunate exercise opens the door to the most perverse possibility of all: that John Lennon 2.0 might actually hate John Lennon's music. This sounds like the bad ending of a Twilight Zone episode, one that need not be written.

One day, we may actually throw all caution to the hurricane wind and clone a human being. Not just tissue, but an entire person. Those first poor souls will have serious philosophical issues to overcome. Why also doom one to the impossible pressure of having to live up to Lennon's legacy?

In the end, I think Dr. Zuk should hole up with some of those Boris Karloff classics and see what happens when ego overpowers responsible, practical thinking. He was actually quoted as saying, "To potentially say I had a small part in bringing back one of rock's greatest stars would be mind-blowing."

You don't need your mind blown, you need it changed. Please don't make us chase an empty shell of a great man back to your lab with our fiery torches of disappointment and frustration.


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Cloning is for the birds.  Human life is complicated enough as it is.  Leave John alone! :)


Let's just save the idea as a future possibility for now. One step at a time.


John saw the beauty and inherent good in humanity.  I tried to do his legacy justice and channel his world-embracing and loving energy this week with a tribute portrait inspired by his music and his passion for changing the world.  You can see this new work of art in memoriam on my artist’s blog at http://dregstudiosart.blogspot.com/2011/12/john-lennon-just-imagine.html along with some pictures showing how I created it.  See John holding the Universe in his hand and spreading his message.  When you stop by, let me know how his words and music have affected your life and creativity!

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