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John Lennon's song, "Imagine', caused quite a stir in my conservative hometown when it appeared when I was in high school. As I've grown older, I've come to appreciate what I think is at the heart of his song -- imagine that what describes us does not define us. Lennon understood that without imagining a world of shared humanity there can be no hope. Where there is no hope, despair and nihilism command our allegiance and thus prevent God's children from being free.