Martin Luther King Jr. will be forever remembered for his awe-inspiring “I Have A Dream” speech. Unfortunately, advocacy and activist communities everywhere can be found focused on the negatives. All too often, you will see the use of tragedies, of suffering, and of other such negative imagery in order to purport an agenda. But let’s get real, the suffering that victims endure due to gun violence, homophobia, transphobia, and a host of other “phobias” and “isms” are tragic and deserve to be addressed by these activist groups. However, we need to realize that while it’s not all sunshine and rainbows, it isn’t all dark clouds either.
Advocacy should be inspiring. Dr. King mobilized millions due to his inspiring and uplifting message of hope and equality for all Americans regardless of race, gender, and ethnicity. Mahatma Gandhi united an entire nation to peacefully revolt against British supremacy for the self-determination of the inhabitants of the entire Indian subcontinent. These people had dreams!
But now, we end up putting our focus on the bad that’s happening and imposing threat activism rather than peaceful, idealistic advocacy.
Martin had a dream, others have nightmares, but I have a vision.
I believe that society will stop warring with each other. I believe that love will conquer the nations of this earth. I believe that we will no longer need the death penalty and, in fact, one day we will no longer need jails. I believe that each and every individual will be able to, one day, fulfill their life goals, their plans for the future in the most egalitarian way that promotes their own individuality. I believe that we can solve hunger and end it. I believe that we can solve poverty and end it. In fact, very soon, we may even be able to surpass death and if we can do that, why can’t we solve any of these bigger societal problems? I believe that we will no longer have to deal with sexism, racism, xenophobia, homophobia, transphobia, ableism, and other institutionalized social ills that only work to discriminate rather than accept. I believe that humanity will be a compassionate, loving species where we will love, despite the pain we endure. I believe that at the core of humanity is good and that, in fact, we mean well. I believe that despite the problems facing our world today, that we will overcome as a species these terrible issues and face them head on to survive. We will stop global warming, war, hunger, poverty, and income equality. We will end all inequities and show ourselves to be a species of collaboration because, with collaboration, we can solve anything! We have always been an innovative species, we have evolved and, while we have become destructive, we can reconstruct and improve upon what we have destroyed. In short, we can all work together to create a better future for ourselves in the present and for future generations. And in my opinion, we will!
I am not going on an idealist rant, I am telling the truth about what I believe. I think that, with all due respect to everyone who only sees what’s wrong in society, we will work together, not only as Americans, but as humanity, to solve any and every problem that arises because we have the capabilities, capacities, and determination to do so.
With idealism and love,