WARNING: Contains strong language, but I strongly recommend listening through “The Most Honest Three Minutes In Television History.”
From the mouth of one of the greatest underrated actors of our time (in my opinion), Jeff Daniels; speaks a hard truth that I inevitably agree with despite that fact I believe in angels because I am a Christian. But what is striking to me is the facts and seeing the problem my generation faces. Was it not John F. Kennedy who once said “Ask not what your country can do for you, but instead ask what you can do for your country.” Martin Luther King Jr. said “I have a dream…” That was when equality was the biggest problem our country had. Now though…now…I believe we face a new one. This one has been around for a long time, and I see it is destroying the need we have as human beings to dream and design everything.
I know many people who simply just go to work everyday and punch in their time, yet they hate what they’re doing. It might make a difference if they could go home and enjoy their family. But instead, they’ve got a spouse or boyfriend/girlfriend at home who instead of inspiring them to become greater, they feel as if their significant other is just another problem they have to deal with. Either that or they don’t have anyone. They go home to an empty house, thinking back on college as some of the best years of their life because they at least had friends. But now, they’re stuck in a dead end job, working in what studies have shown as smaller than most jail cells (a cubical). The money may be good, yet the sacrifice is your desire to dream.
What used to make this country the greatest country in the world was just that…the inspiration to dream and to aspire to accomplish it. Man or woman, back or white, etc., we knew what it meant to be human, but we sacrifice it for more capital gain. Greed and the lack of accountability or rather the lack of a sense of responsibility slowly degrades us further into becoming like robots. Politicians keep telling us we’re the greatest country in the world, but the stats don’t show it. It’s like the U.S. winning a gold medal in the Olympics, but then not competing in the event ever again because we won a gold medal already. If we want to be the best, then where is aspiration to be the best. Words mean nothing unless backed by deeds, where people can see the drive of the human spirit. This is what inspires people to dream, hope and love. These are all a part of designing everything. And the majority of politicians understand none of it because all they care about is money and votes so they can continue to increase their wealth. But we do it too…
The desire to dream and design is what draws people to us. This desire to dream is shown in the statistic of a 2011 study that 71 percent of employees are “not engaged” or “actively disengaged” from their work, (Forbes). This has nothing to do with laziness, but has everything to do with the fact that we are human not money hoarders. We have an innate desire to design and dream. Every employer can give their employees the chance to do this if only they would cease…the crushing blow to the human spirit that made this country great. I know there are some great companies out there who care and inspire their employees, but for the most part it’s all about making more money. There will always be more money to be made, but I know many people who sought money their whole lives only to find out that they turned eighty years old, and they feel like they accomplished nothing.
Albert Einstein defined insanity as “doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.” From what I can tell, greed is not making our country the best country in the world. So what is it going to take? Einstein also said, “Only a life lived for others is a life worthwhile.” I wonder if this great, brilliant man is still revered among us that we might actually listen to him. Because what made this man great was not that he was brilliant, but that he could brilliantly dream.
I aspire to reach the same star, perhaps even further. Hopefully in this post, some fear was removed from your eyes reader, to aspire to greater things, and not fall into a life you can’t stand. Sometimes we do need to be content with what we have, but if you have a dream in mind, chase after it. We need more people inspiring others to aspire, which I believe without a doubt would bring up our stats because we would be feeding our desire to dream and design.