One of my favourite movies is The Blues Brothers – brothers Jake and Elwood are on a mission from God to save the orphanage they were brought up in.
One of the things I particularly love about this movie is how they get to do the thing they love in order to fulfil their mission – they get their band back together and they play the music they love.
There’s a growing movement of people on a mission. They understand there’s never been a time like this in Human history for people to flourish through the things they love to make and do. It could always have been the case, but there have been powers and forces in cultures, societies, and institutions, which have held people captive to the ordinary or even worse, the less-than-ordinary.
Intellectualism (educational streaming of children on one kind of ability) , fundamentalism (rigidity of thought and behaviour), and industrialism (make more faster for less) are three big ones – effecting what we believe we can and cannot do in an affluent, literate, technologically-blessed West. Our dreams are buried so deep we have to do some serious drilling to find them, but they are there.
Frederick Buechner spoke of our purpose being found where our “deep gladness and the world’s deep hunger meet.” As the Blues Brothers understood. This mission is about doing the things we love to do and making a dent in the pain of the universe.
This deep gladness is a way of describing our art. Artist is simply a word we use to describe Humans when they are about what they love and are skilled in, to the highest possible level they can go.
The movement of people on this mission, to free people from the ordinary, imagine a future in which it’s possible for everyone to flourish in some way or other. But there is resistance.
There are naysayers who believe it isn’t possible for everyone to bring their dreams alive.
It is really hard to change the way we think about ourselves and about others.
There is no easy way to pursue what our lives want us to do; it will be hard work – mentally, physically, emotionally, spiritually hard.
I don’t know where this will go. I do know the future does not exist yet, and can be shaped by people who, through foresight, intention, and love, produce and share their art.