American Spirit

All this sabre-rattling over the crisis in Ukraine reminds me of a photoshoot I did last month with my brother.  Look, I'm not saying Russia's right (they're NOT); I'm saying that so long as we have these massive military budgets and massive military infrastructure and hardware, people are going to want to use them and at what cost?  

Sure, human beings having been fighting one another for all of recorded history.  Sure, the US has been in many conflicts started because of aggression on the part of other countries.  Sure, we're not likely to see global disarmament for a long time.  But why not?  Where's the imagination?  When did we stop dreaming about utopia?  Call me delusional; call me naïve; but don't call me an idealist because we should ALL be idealists.  I think the biggest crisis facing the United States and the world at large is that we've stopped dreaming.  We've stopped hoping.  We've stopped believing that anything is possible.  We settle for mediocrity and say that anyone with a vision for a better future in which all people have an equal-opportunity to peace, love, and happiness is living in a fantasy world.  


So be it.  

Fantasy world it is then.  Whatever the mind can conceive and believe, it can achieve.  That's the funny thing about "realists" vs "idealists." They're no different from one another except that "idealists" are more imaginative in their vision for the future.  They're more creative; more willing to use ingenuity and to think outside the box.  On December 17, 1903 the Wright Brothers achieved the first controlled, powered, and sustained human flight.  On December 16th do you think they were realists or idealists?

  • “If we worked on the assumption that what is accepted as true really is true, then there would be little hope for advance.”

    - Orville Wright

Keep dreaming, world.  I'll see you on the other side.