A global dream

Linked with Pekka Himanen – Finland, and with ‘Global Dignity.org‘.

Speech by Pekka Himanen in Oslo, 11th December, 2005 on Global Dream, (go to this page and click on: Speech “A Global Dream”).

What is our current dream for the world? History has been changed by dreams. But if we ask what our current dream for the world is, it is already revealing that we have even replaced the very word ”dream” with the technical term ”vision.” We could go as far as to say that we don’t have any dreams that inspire us anymore. And if the vision that is actually directing our action should be verbalized, it is something as flat as that “our production will grow by 3% per year”! This is what we live for! How inspiring is that?

Imagine what had happened if the great leaders of the past had used our current business and political vision language. For example, imagine what had happened if Martin Luther King, Jr., would have expressed his dream with our contemporary vision vocabulary. In front of 250,000 people in Washington, D.C., he would have started, ”I have a dream, that next year, our productivity will grow by 3%”! It may be that people would not have become as energized to act…

What we now need is a new inspiring dream to direct the world’s development. We need a new and inspiring script for our future, a script that is not a tragedy play but has a happy end. In our time, the dream can no more be just a national dream. In addition to the American, European, Asian, Middle Eastern, South American, and African dreams we need a dream that unites human kind. I call this the global dream.

In the long run, globalization is not sustainable without a global experience of belonging to a shared humankind. To paraphrase the language of Martin Luther King, the global dream could start with the words. ”I have a dream, that in 2020, we have a world of global caring and creativity.”In fact, the words of the Martin Luther King speech could well be adjusted to express a new global dream for us. This is how it would go:

Let us not wallow in the valley of despair, I say to you today, my friends. And so even though we face the difficulties of today and tomorrow, I still have a dream. It is a dream deeply rooted in our common humanity.

I have a dream that one day human kind will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed: We hold these truths to be self-evident that all men are created equal.

So I have a dream, that in 2020, we will be both equal and creative. I have a dream, that in 2020, we will live in a world of global caring and creativity.

Currently, we live in a world of one-fifth, where the luckiest 20 percent gets almost everything and the most unfortunate 20 percent gets practically nothing. I have a dream that the world of 2020 is not a world of 20 and 20 but a world of all.

I have a dream today, that one day, on the red hills of America, and on the yellow fields of Asia, on the beautiful sands of Africa, and around the blue lakes of Europe, and everywhere in between, the sons of former excluded and the sons of former excluders will be able to sit down together at the table of brotherhood.

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