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Humanism’s Tersest Sutra

Imagine there’s no heaven

It’s easy if you try

No hell below us

Above us, only sky

Writing in The New Humanist in 1996, journalist Nicolas Walter described John Lennon’s “Imagine” as “probably the best-known humanist text today”. Though its vision of a world without religion, national borders, or materialism provoked significant controversy from its release in 1971, the song remains a powerful and international peace anthem, and the piano on which it was composed an enduring symbol.

The piano “Imagine” was written on — an upright Steinway Model Z.

Text/image: Humanists UK 

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