We stopped dreaming

There are three worlds available to us. We tend to live in two worlds — The real world and the digital world. And we are losing contact to the third world. The world filled with crazy ideas and fantasies. A world populated with fairies, weird creatures, big dreams and endless opportunities. We stopped dreaming.

The big dreams. I used to fall asleep to the dream of kicking the victory goal in the World Cup Final. I used to dream about being a Pirate Robin Hood, taking from the rich, giving to the poor. I dreamt of flying to the moon, to Mars, exploring another Universe. This morning, I watched Pippi Longstocking for a few minutes: an outcast living in a deteriorating house with a horse and a monkey, never going to school, fighting with the police, no parents in sight (except for her pirate father in a prison, snoring away). And I was so happy to see my daughter being delighted by this character for the umpteenth time.

Why does Pippi Longstocking feel so outdated, part of a time when we dreamt bigger? What happened? To me, to childhood — to all of us? Is anybody still having dreams that don’t fit into this world? Dreams that have nothing to do with achievable goals?

If you want to become a Pirate to help the poor or an astronaut that travels through galaxies — are these dreams one can really achieve or is it enough to have those dreams? And what about the big dreams? The endless fantasies of inexplicable beautiful things that might never exist and never were? Maybe there are no more fairies because we stopped believing in them. Because we stopped talking about them and there are more important things than fairies.

We allow us to be limited by our dreams. Too rigid and too realistic. I lost my ability to look at images and things and make them move. Mannequins felt alive to me when I looked at them, my teddy bear was the brother I never had, sharing my deepest secrets and sorrows with him. When I look at the world, I fear we stopped dreaming the big dreams. Now, it’s just about distribution, holding on to what we have, keeping others out. Winning. And the world, climate and humanity is suffering because of our small-mindedness.

Technology is changing the world exponentially, we need to adjust our dreams and visions to this exponential change or we will be left behind. Part of the beauty and importance of needing to dream big in order to expand is when we watch the video titled ‘The Most Astounding Fact’ where Mr. Tyson tells us, in his opinion, what the most astounding fact of the universe is — which so happens to be the very existence of our own that can be traced back to the beginning of the creation of the universe. He says how ‘some people think it makes them feel small, but it makes me feel big — to be a part of something so large.’

If anything, this statement should further motivate us to explore these dimensions we came from. We shouldn’t need fear to motivate our desire to expand our existence — instead — we should use our emotional sense of belonging to encourage us to question, wonder and explore our mysteries.

The world needs less bureaucrats and more knights, Jeanne D’Arc’s and pirates. Bolder visions how technology can transform how we work, define life and create communities. Can technology enable us to only work 10 hours a week and live a modest, decent life? Can we find ways that every human can live a modest, decent life? Can we do the same for animals and the planet? Can we redefine communities? What it means to be successful? What it means to be valuable? What it means to be human?

Of course we can. It means putting on those unicorn-pink-colored glasses and looking at the world with fresh eyes. See the possibilities. Discover the world again through the eyes of a 5-year old, ready to change everything. It’s time to connect again with the world of wonders and fairies. The third world we left behind years ago. As Tupac Shakur said: “Reality is wrong. Dreams are for real.”