Hello all! Today is the next ADF virtue I want to talk about, Vision! This one is an interesting one and something I see lacking in most of modern society. We have lost or abandoned the idea that we can shape the future. This is very sad and a bit disturbing. We don’t seem to think that we can make the future better than the present. I think this is because we don’t practice the first step of making things better, imaging what better looks like.
So, what do Monsieurs Merriam and Webster have to say about vision?
- a : something seen in a dream, trance, or ecstasy; especially : a supernatural appearance that conveys a revelation; b : a thought, concept, or object formed by the imagination; c : a manifestation to the senses of something immaterial
- a : the act or power of imagination; b (1) : mode of seeing or conceiving (2) : unusual discernment or foresight; c : direct mystical awareness of the supernatural usually in visible form
- a : the act or power of seeing; b : the special sense by which the qualities of an object (as color, luminosity, shape, and size) constituting its appearance are perceived through a process in which light rays entering the eye are transformed by the retina into electrical signals that are transmitted to the brain via the optic nerve
- a : something seen; b : a lovely or charming sight
Wow, that’s a lot of words for one little word! To make things a little easier, I’m only going to look at 1 and 2 here. The last two don’t apply to the kind of vision that will be discussed.
Vision is a thought, an idea, and foresight. It’s the ability to look at a situation and see how it can turn out. It lets us get idea of what the future holds. And, what the future can be. Vision is also needed for us to create. Without knowing how we want something to turn out, it becomes mighty hard to make it be what we want.
This virtue is tied closely to wisdom. Wisdom guides how you envision the future. Vision also guides wisdom. Vision tells you how to get that result that you used to wisdom to determine. They feed on each other and strengthen each other. Vision also helps you to see the many possible outcomes and wisdom lets you choose which outcome is the best. For things to work properly, they must work together, something that will come up again and again throughout these virtues.
Anyway, what do I see as vision? It’s the ability to see what can be, what may be, and what must be. Vision is the tool we use to determine how to get what we want and what we want. It is imagination used to better our lives and the lives of those around us. It is our wants and desires and so much more. Used well, vision makes the world a much better place.