We have had no absence of ambitious visions over the past few years in this town. Not only that, but vision is very “in.” It’s become a cottage industry. People who are not ordinarily terribly visionary have been scrambling just to keep up with what’s expected of them, for fear of being left behind. But are people in Syracuse being oversold on visions that don’t have discipline or backbone behind them? It’s a good question to ask at the moment, and not just because we’re coming up on a pretty important countywide election.
We can’t survive without progressive vision, but it’s a true cynicism and exhaustion breeder when there’s no leadership, no real management, and no internal discipline… just visions of what could be. And it’s really a sickening feeling to be asked to go out on a limb, go beyond your bounds, buy into a vision wholeheartedly, and then the people who asked you to do it, don’t support you when times get tough or something goes wrong, or someone powerful is displeased with something you’ve done. It’s a real cynicism breeder and vision killer.
Nevertheless, life goes on, and you still need vision, discipline and backbone more than ever. No matter if you’re on Plan A, Plan B or Plan Z, you still need those three things in equal measure. A great lesson to keep in mind for all of our futures, since we will still be the masters of our own destiny after present circumstances have passed.