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 is a combination of these four dictionary definitions with the addition of it’s own interpretation. Although it makes perfect sense to me now, the part about “relating to the past, present, and future,” gave me trouble at first, in that 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 focused less on the details of individual parts and more on the definition in its entirety. Vision is about seeing the big picture and not losing sight of the forest for the trees. The future is an important part of vision, but it is not the only part, nor is the full timeline of past, present, and future. Vision, to me, 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. My own definition is similar to ADF’s except that I think vision, as a virtue, should involve a willingness moreso than an ability. I also believe that vision involves 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.