WE ALL HOLD SOMEWHERE in our mind an image of what we could be if we were empowered to be who we really are and do what we truly aspire to. And because we live in the world, this vision of an ‘ideal’ or truer self goes with a vision of what the world ‘could’ be and what a better, great or possible future would look like.
Those images, often subconscious, are the foundation of our effort to achieve and give to the world around us. They may not be vivid and detailed visions but they are a silent aspiration within the heart for a life of peace, comfort, respect, togetherness and happiness.
This aspiration is the movement of hope that truly motivates our attempt to improve our lot. It sustains our determination to be and remain free, moral and sharing individuals. It is often very alive in young people but later tends to disappear in adulthood, buried under the weight of responsibilities, memories and experience when ‘I know’ replaces ‘I could’, when cynicism silently kills love and creativity and when life-limiting beliefs settle as the norm in our consciousness.
Unless they have been suppressed by fear or corrupted by the repeated exposure to immorality, selfishness or violence either through life experiences or the medias, most people seem to be intrinsically driven by the intent to do well and grow toward the realization of what they consider as a ‘right’, ‘good’ or ‘ideal’ future.
They wish to live in a world where they have the right to be who they are, where schools are places of discovery, learning and sharing; where individuals are appreciated for their unique talents and can access resource to express them; where nature is friendly, healthy and abundant; where relationship are fulfilling and work an expression of love and care; where communities behave like families and support the growth of their people.
Yet, the world in which we live today does not reflect this dream. It even seems that the way we attempt to achieve those goals leads us in the opposite direction. They generates a host of undesirable side effects which end up defeating the very purpose of our original good intention, frustrating us from the fruits we were expecting to reap.