Academic journal article Journal of Intercultural Disciplines

Letter from the Editor

Academic journal article Journal of Intercultural Disciplines

Letter from the Editor

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In 1971, John Lennon published the song "Imagine." Without intent, the song could be an anthem for the diversity movement. Swift analysis of the lyrics leaves musicians and singers thinking about a world where the ability for all to "live as one" is possible when void of man-made constructs like borders, religion, and race. Perhaps the collective noun "one" raises conscious awareness of unity.

People "living for today" recognize the fragility of humankind. The philosophy of daily living celebrates the richness of listening to another in heartfelt conversation, looking into the eyes of another to catch a glimpse of spirit, and touching hands of another to share moments filled with peace and laughter. There is "no need for greed or hunger" when wisdom is shared, because riches are distributed.

Imagining the world in a peaceful state "isn't hard to do." Each time I close my eyes and imagine a world with no war, I see time stand still allowing freedom, joy, love, and laughter to blanket everyone in harmony. Realistically an end to controversy does not happen with closed eyes; however, imaging can yield to solving problems.

Cultural Studies is a field built on plenty of theory; yet, it is steeped in the thoughtfully creative treatise presented in John Lennon's "Imagine." If constructs of race, creed, and color are eliminated, then the world would be an amicable place. Since the constructs are ever present, then it is necessary to study and understand them. …

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