What kind of world do we want to live in?

  It's easy to respond to this question with a string of modifiers:

 

I want to live a more just world.

 

I want to live a world where parents spend more time with their children.

 

I want to live in a world with less violence.

 

These are natural responses, to be sure. We look around and we see the impact of injustice, overworked parents, and violence.  We see the impact, and we want things to change.  And because these phenomena - the injustice, the exhaustion, the violence - because these things distress us so much, we set up our vision in contrast to them.

 

What do I want? I want that thing - that ugly thing over there - I want that thing to disappear.

 

 

There is a cost to this reactive visioning, though. Reactive visions put us on the defense, they put us on our heels.  When we cast our vision up against a world of violence, then the violence wins. We've let the violence shape our world view.

 

And worst of all - if the violence ever disappeared, our vision would disappear too. In a peaceful world, what kind of sense would this vision make: "I want to live in a world with less violence".

 

Nonsense, right? There's no violence in our world, we live in peace - what are you even talking about?

 

Our challenge is to declare a creative vision, a life giving vision, a vision that stirs our imagination, that calls us to action, a vision that is born out of our values and our commitments, a vision that is rich and imaginative, that fills our minds with the sights and smells of this new world we are building.

 

What would happen if we all lived with this kind of vision?

 

What would happen if you lived with this kind of vision?

 

What kind of vision would you create? What kind of world would you create?

 

What kind of world do you want to live in?