Friday, January 29, 2010
I have been quiet for a month. If anyone has been wondering why, I have been going through a series of eye surgeries, with one more (and I hope final) one on Monday. It has forced me to think about Vision - not the optical kind, but the imagination kind. Listening to President Obama's speech and reviewing some of the equivalent speeches from other countries, it strikes me that few really signal a long term view of the world. When the architect Gaudi started building the church of the Sagrada Familia in 1883 he knew he would never live to see it completed. He also designed it to have the design completed by others, even though he had the guiding vision. Few people have that kind of far-sightedness, and it seems, even fewer politicians and business people. I see that the founders often do, seeing far beyond their lifetimes, but too many others are simply caretakers, hoping only to see out their time.