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Olympics ask us to 'Imagine'

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Monday, February 12, 2018

The most poignant, yet pertinent part of the opening ceremonies of the Pyeonchang Winter Olympics was the performance of the song “Imagine” by an intergenerational group of Korean singers. John Lennon’s inspirational lyrics are exactly “What The World Needs Now.”

Lennon points out the artificial barriers we have created in our minds (heaven and hell) and the actual obstructions of greedy countries and religions for which we are killing our fellow human beings.

Idealistic? Naïve? Pie in the sky? Maybe so. But it is a far better alternative than the dangerous and potentially world-ending bombastic bellicosity being spewed out on a regular basis by leaders like Donald Trump and Kim Jong-un.

If athletes for 92 nations can compete on a world stage without killing each other, why can’t countries set aside their differences and do the same. It all starts with us.

Imagine!

Bill Redding 

Greenville

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