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The sadness of “My Sweet Lord”

by Greg Krehbiel on 12 February 2017

I’ve been on a bit of a George Harrison kick recently, and I’ve been listening to a lot of his top hits, one of which is “My Sweet Lord.”

As you probably know, Harrison’s lord is Krishna, and George had some pretty weird religious views.

I find it all very sad because I don’t doubt Harrison’s sincerity, but I do doubt there was any hope that he was going to be united to Krishna, despite his heartfelt pleas.

Part of me wants to say, “Isn’t it a pity.” (One of Harrison’s songs.) But I also recognize that his beliefs may have given form and meaning to his life.

But that also makes me sad — that so many of us find joy and meaning in life by latching on to fantasies.

2017-02-12  »  Greg Krehbiel

Talkback x 4

  1. Robin R.
    12 February 2017 @ 8:32 pm

    Hey, my 81 year-old mother believes that everyone will be saved. A brother of mine died in 2005. My father died in 2013. A nephew of mine committed suicide in 2011. She believes not only that they are saved, but she will see them again. A few of my old friends have died in recent years and she guarantees me that I will see them again. Total pie in the sky for me, but would I want to deprive her of those beliefs?

  2. Robin R.
    12 February 2017 @ 8:37 pm

    I recommend the album “All Things Must Pass”, except the jam sessions. It contains “My Sweet Lord” and “Isn’t It A Pity”. My favorite track is “The Art Of Dying”. A lot of that music is sad to me because I vividly remember the time in which it was released. Some people find great joy in nostalgia, but for me it is colored with melancholy.

  3. Greg Krehbiel Greg Krehbiel
    13 February 2017 @ 9:32 am

    It’s a very post-modern question, I suppose. If you’re pretty sure somebody is wrong, but it makes them happy, what do you do?

  4. Robin R.
    13 February 2017 @ 11:25 am

    Well, when adults find a belief-system that makes them happy, they are not easily talked out of it. So you don’t usually have to worry about what to do.