David Orr, Seeing Through a Glass Darkly, The Solutions Journal, Volume 5, Issue 1, January 2014, Pages 19 (https://www.thesolutionsjournal.com/article/seeing-through-a-glass-darkly/) Abstract: Where there is no vision, the people perish. —Proverbs 29:18 Soon after I moved to Oberlin in 1990, a battle-scarred veteran of local politics told me “son, you gotta understand one thing about this town . . . If you put all Oberlinians in a burning building, they could not agree on how to get out. Just accept it.” I never did and no one else should either. Authentic vision and foresight are essential to a decent common future. I don't think we are unusual in that respect; Americans are a contentious people. But we will have to learn how to reach agreement around authentic vision that is essential to a decent common future. But what kinds of visions are appropriate to a 21st century faced with rapid climate change and a population trending toward ten billion? At any scale—from small communities to the global commons—how do worthy visions come to be? Does it matter whether they come from the market or from political processes? What is the role of leadership versus … Topics: Community; Politics