Dreamers of another world.
I had the privilege of visiting the Abraham Lincoln memorial today in Washington, DC. I walked along the path with my five year old and we talked about the 'I have a dream' speech at that very location by Martin Luther King Jr. And we chatted about the idea that everyone is created equal and what that means for our world. As we talked about things like slavery my son was really confused. See, he has grown up in a world much different than the one Lincoln and King were in. He has grown up in a world that now recognises equality as a human right. The slavery that exists in our world today is at least illegal. It is a world both of those men dreamed about.
This got me thinking about what we dream about these days. I couldn't help but think of Mohammad Yunis' nobel peace prize speech where he talked of taking his grandchildren to a museum to show them what extreme poverty was like. Check out the book Fast58 for more on that kind of dreaming. Can we imagine a world where people are no longer for sale? women are celebrated? kids no longer die unnecessary deaths? I can.
Lincoln understood that equality was worth fighting for and King demonstrated that equality was worth dying for. I want to dream like that. Actually, I couldn't help praying as I walked on that sacred ground today that God would raise up entire generations of dreamers of another world... and then give them the courage to live those dreams in real life.
"All men dream, but not equally. Those who dream by night in the dusty recesses of their minds, wake in the day to find that it was vanity: but the dreamers of the day are dangerous men, for they may act on their dreams with open eyes, to make them possible." T. E. Lawrence