Dreamers are the leaders…
When I think of dreamers, a host of historic figures and cultural references comes to mind, but the first 3 to arrive in my mind are, invariably, John Lennon, Martin Luther King Jr., and the song from The Man of La Mancha, “The Impossible Dream.”
John Lennon asked us to “Imagine all the people/Living life in peace/…/A brotherhood of man.” Martin Luther King Jr. told us that he had a dream. His dream fueled an entire civil rights movement and paved the way to a more inclusive future. And “The Impossible Dream” is the anthem for valorous visionaries, with lines like, “And the world will be better for this:/ That one man, scorned and covered with scars,/ Still strove, with his last ounce of courage,/ To reach … the unreachable star …” He’s right, the world is better because of dreamers—those who have the audacity to imagine a better world have the power to create a better world.
If there is one thing we can take away from these famous dreamers, it is that dreaming is essential. Without dreamers, progress is impossible. Someone, somewhere, imagined a world without institutions, a world where everyone could determine the shape of their own life and pursue happiness in whichever way they wanted.
We have made great progress since the days of institutions, but there is always room to grow. If you can dream it, you can do it. Today, I am dreaming about a diverse and inclusive community, where everyone makes their own choices and lives the way they want to live. Dream with me, and maybe one day, someone will blog about you.