I'm sure this has been said before by many people, in many different ways, but we create what we see. It is the geniuses in science, industry, art, and every other discipline who are able to unleash their creativity and imagination enough to see things without seeing them... to see things that do not exist... yet. Some have ascribed this act of creation to be connected to what it means in the Bible (Genesis 1) when God creates humanity "in His image". They say that there is a tiny bit of the great Creator in each of us. There are days when I think there may be truth in that.
There are other days, when I feel much further from God, when I need to remind myself that there is a flip-side to that as well. Stubbornness and ignorance comes from being held back by our eyes, by what we see or have seen. When we rely simply on experience rather than faith, we become locked in ourselves and cannot grow.
This becomes a hindrance when we take on leadership roles and the responsibility to raise up the individuals and communities around us. Based on our eyes, based on our past experience, we cannot grow them beyond what they already are. But if we close our eyes and allow our faith and imagination to paint what could be, we may discover the real potential around us.
That vision of real potential is probably just a small part of what Plato described as a rule by philosopher-kings. It is a part of what Plato expected from all leaders. They were to be guardians of potential as well as guardians of the past.
Where is the vision in our leaders today? Does that vision embrace our potential or does it hold us back by relying solely on what our eyes have seen?
Trying to hear the music in the din of many voices.
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