He was known as the “smart Beatle” who brought a “penetrating intelligence and a stinging wit both to the band’s music and its self-presentation.” We are talking about John Lennon, one of only a handful of unique #14 BCIRs to make the limelight in the last half-century or so.Ai?? Thursday marked the 31-year anniversary of his senseless murder in 1980.Ai?? As one author writes, Lennon was “a far more complex and difficult person, which, in part, accounts for the worldai??i??s endless fascination with him.”

Complex indeed, and a perfect word to describe the #14.Ai?? John Lennon was so outspoken, and yet so reserved, leaving the world confused and knowing not what to make of him.Ai?? “Although we always think of John Lennon as the fighter and the rebel of the Beatles, within, he was truly shy and very self-conscious … never really wanting the fame that brought him to us and which ultimately took him away from us.Ai?? In New York he found the quietness he was seeking, and where he retired from writing and performing; living the sheltered, peaceful life he was always seeking.”

Of course, when considering his varied personality, we mustn’t overlook Lennon’s drug abuse, something for which the Beatles were notorious.Ai?? Barry Miles, a close associate, once said,“We knew they were on heroin all through 1968.Ai?? And we were glad.Ai?? Because it got him (Lennon) off acid.ai??? As the interviewer wrote himself, “WOW! They were really dealing with a major drug problem.Ai?? In mythic terms we know that he (Lennon) was a major drug user.” John’s Conceptual fantasies sometimes took him to the extreme.Ai?? “I believe in everything until it’s disproved.Ai?? So I believe in fairies, the myths, dragons. It all exists, even if it’s in your mind. Who’s to say that dreams and nightmares aren’t as real as the here and now?”

Again, we see the power of nurture come into play when we review Lenon’s early life.Ai?? His mother, Julia, was in and out of his life during his childhood.Ai?? His aunt and uncle took the job of raising him ai??i?? who then died in a car accident when Lennon was seventeen.Ai?? His father essentially walked out on the family when John was just an infant.Ai?? Consequently, Lennon struggled with fears of abandonment his entire life, and it is said that he took up the guitar to fill the void of loneliness.Ai?? As is common among fewer-to-be-found Brain Types, Lennon felt different from the world.Ai?? “I’m not going to change the way I look or the way I feel to conform to anything.Ai?? I’ve always been a freak.Ai?? So I’ve been a freak all my life and I have to live with that, you know.Ai?? I’m one of those people.”

Lennon, characteristically, was also a bookworm, reading everything from Swift, Tennyson, Huxley, Orwell, Tolstoy, and Oscar Wilde.Ai?? “I’ve read millions of books.Ai?? That’s why I seem to know things.” He was also known to be lazy (or perhaps more Back brain).Ai?? “He can sleep almost indefinitely, is probably the laziest person in England.” In John’s own words, carefully distinguishing his mental energy from his physical, “(I am) physically lazy.Ai?? I don’t mind writing or reading or watching or speaking.'”

Below is a short interview of Lennon as he tried to apologize for his controversial statement that the Beatles “are more popular than Jesus now,” which caused a huge stir in the United States.

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