ADF Dedicant Path: Nine Virtues (Vision)
Our Own Druidry defines Vision as,
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 defines Vision as,
- the ability to see: sight or eyesight
- something that you imagine: a picture that you see in your mind
- something that you see or dream especially as part of a religious experience
Dictionary.com also includes the following definition after vision as eyesight,
2. the act or power of anticipating that which will or may come to be: prophetic vision, the vision of an entrepreneur.
ADF’s definition of vision gave me trouble at first, because I associated vision almost exclusively with the future. After stepping away from the definition for a few days and returning to it with a fresh, and more vision-oriented mindset, I found the part involving the “past, present, and future” to be more palatable.
Vision, per my own modified definition, is the willingness to see time, place, self, and other all in perspective such that one can and will make a wise decision for the future. In this way, the future remains a significant component of vision, but it is dependent on the past and the present. My definition is similar to ADF’s except that I think vision, as a virtue, should involve a willingness moreso than an ability. Vision requires action based on “a greater understanding.” Having an understanding, like having an ability, is not enough in-and-of-itself to be a virtue. To be virtuous is to actively use our understandings and abilities.
n.b I have modified this essay from the original for grammar and readability.