My Fellow Citizens,
I have had my head in the clouds this last week or two. I want to recommend you do the same! It turned out to be a good strategy for dodging crazy headlines but that’s not why I was there.
First, I re-visited one of my favorite pieces of political philosophy, Cicero's Dream of Scipio. Preparing for our first Civic Co-Lab, I combined that exercise with flipping through the pages of NASA | Art: 50 Years of Exploration. It's amazing to see what we believed we were capable of once we had walked on the moon.
I also spent last week re-visiting the videos from Will Harris’s presentation and our subsequent conversation, “Constitutional Resurrection and the Unrepentant Redeemed.” So much more of what we accomplished came into view as I tried to organize a page of notes to share with our learning community.
The perspective shift operated something like the warning on your passenger side mirror. The “objects” of our conversation are much larger and more impactful than it appeared to me that night.
That experience reminded me of the first time I tried to explain the power of the Initiative for the New Constitution. I started with the suggestion that the magical ability to share “New Constitution Vision” with a crowd for just five minutes would make it impossible for anyone involved to return to their old way of seeing the world. Our conversation proved that to be true and ended with a couple of ways to start sharing that vision.
On the verge of a new year, I am inclined to follow these moments of possibility. Our Civic Co-Lab this month is an invitation to adjust our gaze from elections, headlines and power grabs and to imagine what we could accomplish with a more civic perspective.
What alternatives do we want to bring into being this next year?
I hope you will be able to join us for that event (more info here). Whether you have read Cicero’s Dream of Scipio a couple of times or have never heard of him before, there is space for you in the conversation.
I hope you find the relaxation, big laughs, family fun or Netflix binge that you need from the Christmas season too. Have a good "space movie" to recommend?
Have a great holiday and let's think together soon,