Week 20: The Nine Virtues: Vision
125 words min, 375 words max.
Adequate/Meets Criteria Requirements:
Subjective combined with objective approach [e.g., ["This is what it means (dictionary definition); this is what it means to me."]
Note: Dictionary definitions will not be included as part of the word count.
Dedicants may also include other virtues, if desired, and compare them to the nine.
Our Own Druidry Definition: "The ability to broaden one's perspective to have a greater understanding of our place/role in the cosmos, relating to the past, present and future."
Merriam-Webster definition: “the act or power of imagination. Mode of seeing or conceiving. Unusual discernment or foresight. Direct mystical awareness of the supernatural usually in visible form”
My first thoughts while reading the ADF definition is that it was very different than what I would normally think of vision as. I think of seeing, I think of visualizing what you want out of the world and looking for it. What I like about the ADF definition is that it touches on quite a few other points of reflection.
Vision includes broadening your perspective. I fully agree with this; to be truly visionary means to be understanding and knowledgeable in many things. One does not become visionary without considering a multitude of options and considering the outcomes of others. I personally try to be as open to the perspectives of others because it helps me better understand more sides of the story. It helps paint a brighter picture, and it helps my vision clear. I also agree with the part about relating to the past, present and future. This is something I genuinely believe to be a visionary ideal. As a scholar who has a deep passion for history it really does help open my perspective to the present and give me ideas about the future of civilizations, of cultures, and of my city. The virtue of Vision is to LOOK into the past, see it from many angles, consider it, feel your perspective open to more than one idea, and to use that wisdom to consider the now, from many perspectives and to dream of a tomorrow based on what you have read, seen, and hope for.
Most of the dictionary definitions would say that Vision was the ability to think about or plan the future with imagination or wisdom and I think that also fits well with the above definition from Our Own Druidry.
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