Humanity Dreaming and Happy New Year

What’s up fam and Happy New Year 2011!

For as much as we wax poetic regarding the lack of ‘movements’ in America and elsewhere, I think a key factor is the lack of dreaming. To be more precise the idea I am thinking of is what I call “humanity dreaming.” I don’t have a definition per se but for me, humanity dreaming is the force that drives individuals and groups to work on causes of essential human rights whose benefits may never be realized in their own lifetime. Examples include but are not limited to the American fight to get women the right to vote, the ending of slavery (and legal discrimination) in America, the ending of apartheid in South Africa, India’s independence movement, etc. The problem with history is that the aforementioned victories appear so preordained. These and similar moments in history rarely tell the story of non-public figures that looked at their families and decided they would not leave it to their children to fight the good fight.

I do not mean to imply that we have moved passed the ‘movements’ era. Instead, I think movements tend to be viewed in far more personal terms that inadvertently dilute the force and/or possibility of humanity dreaming.

Simply put, I hear more and more people discuss movements in terms of acquiring more resources in order to help more people. For example, a person from a bad neighborhood that is grateful to have a good education and a better job may claim that one day they will have enough resources to start a non-profit to help transform the community they grew up in. The problem with this mindset is not values, but scope.

To be sure, I have no problem with non-profits in and of themselves but generally speaking, the vast majority of people needed to help a young person “make it out” are not people of vast means or founders of non-profits. In other words, it’s like we put so too much faith in the power of institutions rather than our ability to transform our institutions to do right by the least of these. What is biggest project/event you were a part of (minus family) that had the biggest positive impact beyond you? Chances are, whatever that project/event was has had a lasting impact on how you view the futility of social change. More importantly, we need the lessons you learned from that experience to inform an even larger fight much like Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. made the transition between and across racial injustice, economic injustice, political injustice, and so on. When all is said and done, we are all waiting for YOU to help us see beyond ourselves and do the work that will transform the world for the better.

Just my thoughts,

Stay up fam,

Brandon Q.

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3 responses to “Humanity Dreaming and Happy New Year”

  1. Nicole says :

    Great post! I completely agree that if we look back over time, some of the most meaningful change that took place required very little resources. Or perhaps it is worth examining how we define “resources.” Resources can be financial, and I think most folks are thinking about financial resources when they consider what it will take to bring about change. But what about our internal resources? I think we would see more positive change if folks start seeing their individual gifts and talents as “resources.” You are right that it doesn’t always take money. And while money helps, spending a few hours a month with a troubled teen is priceless, and it impact will be boundless.

  2. brandonq says :

    Thanks @Nicole, I agree that our definition of resources should be expanded. Moreover, I am disheartened when I see people with many financial resources but a lack of internal resources (e.g. hope, integrity, character). We need more and more people like you to make positive change a sustainable reality.

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