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It is nearing the end of another year and it is that time when we look back and think about all that has occurred in 2022. Here is a list of major issues from the year’s headlines:


  1. Inflation surges around the world
  2. The highly transmissible Omicron variant spreads rapidly across the Globe
  3. Russia invades Ukraine giving rise to an energy crisis, food shortages, and the displacement of millions of people
  4. The U.S. Supreme Court revokes women’s rights to abortion
  5. Climate change causes record breaking heat waves in many countries
  6. Europe experiences its worst drought in more than 500 years
  7. Floods in Pakistan result in more than 1400 people dead and $30 billion in property damage
  8. Queen Elizabeth II dies at 96 after 70 years on the throne
  9. Global population grows to more than 8 billion people sharing Earth
  10. United Nations COP27 Forum establishes a fund to help poor countries with low carbon emissions combat the effects of climate change


These global issues affect all our lives in some way, but we do not have to let them overwhelm us. In fact, we are all, as humans, blessed with an imagination that gives us the capacity to innovate and survive.


If we could not imagine a world where supply and demand are in balance, we would not be able to make policy that moved us toward price stability and sustainability.


If we did not imagine a world without deadly disease, our scientists and politicians could not come up with solutions like developing vaccines in record time and distributing them on a broad scale.


We can imagine a world without war, which is why we will eventually overcome religious fanaticism and territorial greed and aggression and find peace.


Imagine a world where Climate Change has been slowed down and eventually reversed because we have successfully developed, over many decades, other commercially viable energy sources like wind, solar, and nuclear fusion.


Each and every one of us has an imagination from the day we form cognitive thoughts at around two years old. As children we used our imaginations when we would take an object and use it in our play, with an image of something else in our minds.


As adults, we may have let our imaginations lapse because we think we have all the information, and we believe we know how the world works. We adapt to our environment, and we may forget how it feels to dream and be imaginative.


But human imagination is still there and we can tap into it if we try. The world, your world, will be a better place if we do.


In the words of John Lennon:


Imagine there’s no heaven

It’s easy if you try

No hell below us

Above us only sky

Imagine all the people

Living for today, I


Imagine there’s no countries

It isn’t hard to do

Nothing to kill or die for

And no religion too

Imagine all the people

Living life in peace


You may say I’m a dreamer

But I’m not the only one

I hope someday you’ll join us

And the world will be as one


Imagine no possessions

I wonder if you can

No need for greed or hunger

A brotherhood of man

Imagine all the people

Sharing all the world, you


You may say I’m a dreamer


But I’m not the only one


I hope someday you’ll join us


And the world will live as one



Merry Christmas and Happy New Year 


Doug Dougherty



Source: Musixmatch | Songwriters: John Winston Lennon | Imagine lyrics © Lenono Music


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