Dreams are a favorite subject for psychologists and other associated brain prodders. Dreams(of the variety you get when you sleep) are seen as a doorway into the workings of the brain and are deemed to be the subconscious attempting to communicate to the conscious. I have personally had a couple of nightmares and the feeling of terror is quite indistinguishable from terror in the conscious or awake world.
Many inspirational characters espouse the virtues of having grand dreams and hope for the future and not letting arm chair critics have their way with your intentions. A dream is an idea, it is a rock that you anchor to when the waters are rough or you find yourself being swayed by convincing forces.
President Roosevelt or was it Kennedy really fired up the Americans into adopting an american dream of owning a home (though this is considered by some quarters to have been a diabolical plot to place the middle class workers into so much debt that their unions could be compromised) and the chasing of this ideal continues to this day.
Africa by large and Kenya in particular seems to have no single overarching dream that is fully backed by the political class. The lack of ambition and willingness to actually put in the work needed is rather disturbing especially to the generation that is constantly reminded that they are the future leaders. It really doesn’t add up even as a politician. A rich country will have more resources, more avenues of corruption and will afford any indigenous company(owned by Mr.politician) a much better war chest with which to attack the neighboring countries and establish as a continental brand. Hence more money, more power, less lobbying and more profits. Instead of remaining the kingpin in your village why not graduate to be the regional kingpin? In the grander scheme of things, if the poor in your stronghold can barely afford a meal how do you expect to get enough support from your home base to launch into another region altogether or (God forbid) cross an ocean?
This is not an apology for corruption.It exists everywhere and flourishes in some parts of the world. No country can claim to be corruption free. It is just well controlled in the western “developed” Nations and thats why we hear fewer cases of the same in their media.
Being a science fiction/fact fan, I recently read an interesting opinion piece with tht authors speculating what race 1,000,000 years ahead of us in the evolutionary scale would be like or rather specifically what their energy consumption based on current projections would be like. Their predictions were that they would have exhausted the energy extractable from the earth be it fossil, geothermal or otherwise and would be directly harnessing the entire energy output of our sun. This seems unfathomable now but so would todays tech look to a 16th century guy.
Reading this article is what inspired this post. Why aren’t we dreaming? Being industrialized by 2050 is not a dream. That should be a short term plan. Kenya has a vision 2030 that promises nirvana in 17 years. Vision 2030 is intended to be a noble plan but with the government indecision that is being witnessed allover the board,it is safe to say that this is just a story. New York City consumes more power than sub saharan Africa. A
dream plan would be to shut down all the thermal plants in the country as soon as possible. Digging up oil from the ground, refining it and then burning it to turn a turbine to generate power is unsustainable any way you look at it. Largely because we are not digging up any of our own oil yet.
Interdependence has superseded independence in the modern world but being at the mercy of foreign powers for food, energy, security etc is just a bad plan any way you look at it.