All you need is ... sense
WHAT is the worst Beatles song of all time? Revolution 9, the Fab Four’s eight-minute “sound collage” laid down in 1968 would have to be up there.
But, no, the most sinister Beatles song of all time would have to be All You Need Is Love. Not because there’s anything particularly wrong with the tune, but because 40 years after its release, people have mistaken the song’s chorus for a serious political philosophy.
Anyone who sat through the last several months of the same-sex marriage debate, will have noticed the way the word “love” was deployed by many activists and supporters as a be-all and end-all argument for the “yes” case — muddying the waters over whether the question is about extending the right to marry to gays and lesbians or whether they ought to be allowed to be in love at all.
And for decades, “luvvie” has been a catch-all word to describe those who go in for the leftish politics of feelings and virtue signals rather than hard questions of costs and consequences.
Now there are lots of great arguments for same-sex marriage, simple equity and fairness under the law being chief among them. But the love that binds two people together exists well outside the purview of any piece of paper granted by the Government, as well it should.
But love, as anyone who’s ever been in its embrace can tell you, is an irrational beast — and one that’s blind as well.
If anything, Australia — and the world — needs more rational argument, not less of it. Manipulating emotions, love, hate, tends to end in disaster, even if the cause seems like a just thing.
Or to put it another way, when you fall back on the chorus to a Beatles song to win your debate, you’ve probably already lost.