It's been a day... a week... a month... a year... a decade... a lifetime of tragedies. They're local... national... global. They make many of us want to give up... to crawl into a dark space and hide. But we can't. We can't give up. We have to believe in the best of us. We have to imagine...
Imagine day when no one dies - not from hunger or abuse, from violence or drugs, from cancer or accidents or suicide or bombs of war.
Imagine a day when every human has enough food to eat, clean water to drink, and a warm bed to sleep in. Imagine every person getting a good-night kiss from someone who loves him - purely, unconditionally, without reservation.
Imagine a day when no one is bullied or raped; when every child has a forever home and a forever family; when hospitals and police stations sit quiet and empty; when military bases are peaceful - filled with the sounds of music and laughter.
Imagine a day when every pet is fed and loved; when no animal is tortured or exploited for human gain; when our oceans and fresh waters and air and soil are clean and healthy; when fields are abundant in rich soil and foods free from chemicals and corporate intervention.
Imagine a day when everyone is lucky enough to do what they love and love what they do; when people are paid fairly for what they do; when no one feels the need to wish away days of precious life simply to get a bit closer to the weekend.
Imagine a day when no man, woman, or child has to go through chemo, or radiation, surgery, or drug therapy; a day when no one feels the pain and longing of addiction or depression; when no babies are aborted; when every human wakes up thrilled for another glorious day -- thrilled just to be alive.
Imagine a day when oil and diamonds and weapons and drugs hold no more value than a speck of lint brushed from a woolen sweater; when a blade of grass, a single flower, or a pine tree in the forest is held in greater esteem, by everyone, than a luxury car, a Rolex, or a new iPhone.
Imagine a day when every person on Earth walks out of his front door and greets a stranger with a smile, a handshake, or a hug, and says, "What can I do for you today? How can I help?"
Imagine a day when every corporate and government official - every CEO, President, Prime Minister, and clergyman - opens his heart and his hands and says to the people, "How can I serve you? What do you need?" And then rolls up his sleeves, drops to his knees, and simply DOES.
Imagine a day when everyone takes responsibility for himself, with confidence, self-respect, and no excuses or apologies; without fear of what might be; without regret for what was or might have been.
Imagine a day when everyone - when every living thing - has enough, just enough, of everything necessary - truly necessary - for a healthy life. And imagine that enough is really ENOUGH.
Imagine a day when a person's skin color or religion or country of origin or sexual orientation simply does not matter. Imagine a day when we see each other for what we are - members of the HUMAN race. Imagine a day - just one day - when that is all that matters. Imagine just ONE day when we are all truly equal to one another.
Just one day.
It's hard, I know, but try.
Can you do it?
Now, imagine two.