The collaborative project ‘A Vision for a World We Want to Live In’ is a short film created by the joint work of Jonas Fahrenkrog, Joschua Rau, and myself. It’s an expression of our deep knowing that we can create a world that we truly want and a world that we truly know is possible.
The point of the video is not to give a ‘how-to’ manual on how we go about creating this world – it’s more about trying to touch that deep inner knowing we have within us that already knows what to do. So, I guess the best way to watch the video is in a dreamy way – just let go and enjoy it.
The full text can be read at the bottom of this page. Enjoy.
A Vision for a World We Want to Live In
What is that, which we truly know is possible, that can be born on this planet we call Earth?
What future, what society, which ways of living together, which rules, which institutions, which leaders do we want to have in our world?
Do we want a world where half of the human population has to struggle in order to have enough to eat, to drink, a place to call home, a warm bed, intrinsic human rights; while the other half lives in excess of most of these things?
Do we want to live in a world where being in a constant state of insecurity, fear, disconnection, isolation, and depression is considered to be normal? Where war is ‘just another day type of thing’.
Do we want to live in a society in which we are taught that ubiquitous competition is the only way to progress and prosper? Where there are winners and there are losers, where by design there will always be vastly more losers than winners? Rich and poor, worthy and unworthy, successful and unsuccessful–good and bad. Do we want to live in a world where it is money, and not love, that makes the world go ‘round? And to top it off where that very money is created in a way that systematically puts us in shackles – in other words: a world where there is always more debt than money, because today money is created through debt plus interest. Have you ever noticed how little we know that which we attach so much importance to? Do we want to live in a world where it is becoming increasingly difficult to find something, some part of our human experience not subject to monetization? In the words of Charles Eisenstein: “when everything is subject to money, then the scarcity of money makes everything scarce, including the basis of human life and happiness. Such is the life of the slave–one whose actions are compelled by threat to survival. Perhaps the deepest indication of our slavery is the monetization of time”. Perhaps.
That doesn’t have to be the world we live in, you know?
That doesn’t have to be the premise of being a human on this planet.
That is the world that we can leave behind. On the path to dreaming one which is worthy of living in. Or in other words: where we live in a way that is worthy of this world.
Wouldn’t we rather live in a world where every being has a right to live, not just on paper but in actuality? Where every person has the absolute given right to have enough to eat, drink, where everyone has a beautiful place to call home, a warm and cozy bed. Where living in a state of constant insecurity, fear, disconnection, isolation, and depression isn’t considered normal, but utterly insane–and that rightly so. Where instead “normal” is when we feel joyful, when we are able to fully express ourselves and can experiment with what we want to do and how we want to do it. Where we can be creative, innovative, creating things and experiences we did not even think were fucking possible. Where we feel connected–connected to each other, connected to Earth, connected to the stars. Where constant competition does not have to govern our everyday life, sure you can play games, sure you will still want to throw the ball better, harder, faster–but it won’t come out of a fear of survival. Don’t we want to live in a world where money serves everyone, where money doesn’t cut ties but creates new ones? Where the logic of always more debt than money–meaning, increasingly more people buried by the barren soil of debt–is seen for what it is: ridiculous, unfair, and completely insane. Where economic growth isn’t equal to an abstract house of cards, bets upon bets upon bets, debt upon debt upon debt, but where economic growth is equal to an increase in the overall quality and appreciation of life for everyone.
Where technology is used as a force for good, where pain is given space to be felt and to be healed.
Where we truly understand our place in the interconnectedness of all things.
Is that not the world we all want to live in?
I do not know, but I know, and I know you know too, is that it’s possible. Dare to dream. Dare to imagine. Is that not how every great innovation came about?
Dare to stop making yourself to small. Dare to stop keeping your mouth shut, when what you actually want is to speak your truth. Dare to stop being satisfied with the empty phrases that you have been taught by your parents, in school, at university, at your job, from your friends. Dare to question the authenticity of what you have been taught.
Dare to question all of your perceived limitations and short-comings.
Is the world we see before our eyes today really the best we can do? I mean, is this it?
Are we really trying? Do we really dare shine our light as brightly as we can?
As Nelson Mandela so beautifully said:
There is no passion to be found playing small – in settling for a life that is less than the one you are capable of living.
A world – a world we truly want and a world we truly know to be possible is waiting. Waiting for us to grow into its potential.
Fucking dare to dream.