The Vision is Everything

So I go to the future. I think – I am so happy to live in a world without slavery in the way that it used to exist — I’m so happy to live in that world – and the first people who started talking about there being no slavery, were like us… And the first people who started talking about “women should be equal to men” were kind of like us, and they faced a lot of opposition, they faced a lot of skepticism — I mean the first guy who came up and said, “Blacks should be equal to whites,” was not a popular man or woman, and he faced a lot of opposition from everyone around him and the general culture spat on him a lot, and people thought he was crazy or mad or evil or bad – but we all take that stuff for granted now, and it’s so impossible – you know – like moral change in the world, you stand below it and it looks like a cliff, it’s so high, a mountain so high that you can’t get over it, you can get through it, you feel like you’re going to beat your head against the wall for the rest of your life and never make a dent… But then a weird thing happens when the change occurs — when people get over that wall or they walk through that wall and then they look back, and it’s like there’s nothing there! It’s really strange… Before the end of slavery, people said (and we’ve all heard these arguments before, right?) – people said: “You know, there’s never been a society without slavery, so… You point to me a society without slavery – you can’t do it! You point to me a society where there’s equality for women, you can do it! You point to me a society where there is no government, and you can’t do it!” That’s all we hear! Well because we can see it, it will be here! It will be here! Because the vision is everything!

Quote by Stefan Molyneux

Save as PDFPrint

Written by 

Founder and editor of and, Skyler is a husband and unschooling father of three beautiful children. His writings include the column series “One Voluntaryist’s Perspective” and “One Improved Unit,” and blog series “Two Cents“. Skyler also wrote the books No Hitting! and Toward a Free Society, and edited the books Everything Voluntary and Unschooling Dads. You can hear Skyler chatting away on his podcasts, Everything Voluntary and Thinking & Doing.

Notify of

Inline Feedbacks
View all comments