When I hear the word ‘vision,’ the first thing I think of is a quote first spoken by Robin McKinley: “Come, let us build a ship of the future, in an ancient pattern that journeys far…” which falls nicely in line with ADF’s definition – “the ability to discern our role in the cosmos, in relation to past, present, and future.” Dictionary definitions are more extensive: according to Merriam-Webster, vision can be “something seen in a dream, trance, or ecstasy, especially a supernatural appearance that conveys a revelation,” “a manifestation to the senses of something immaterial,” “the act or power of imagination,” “unusual discernment or foresight,” or “direct mystical awareness of the supernatural.” Vision is seeing both what is here and what is beyond – what is, and what could be. It implies the ability to take the possible and make it actual. ADF’s definition captures something important – vision is never without context and history. That’s something that the other definitions fail to emphasize, but the main reason that I like the McKinley quote so much. Context is how we interpret the symbols we are sent, both historically and presently. Vision, I think, is the ability to interpret multiple contexts and a shifting flow of information in a way that is beneficial to the individual and the community.