I've been thinking about this tweet a lot over the past few days, and it has really helped clarify an idea I've been carving out in my thesis.
Regardless of the direction that you think the world should go, there are two steps to get there: you must imagine it, then you must build it.
Imagination is underrated. It's possible to go your entire life making progress toward an end that you don't recognize — that you had no part in imagining.
At the same time, we're never taught how to imagine things on our own. As we grow up, we become conditioned to prevailing visions of the future. Often, these visions were imagined by people who were alive decades before we were born. They probably didn't live like us, think like us, or look like us.
In Pedagogy of the Oppressed, Paulo Freire states:
Knowledge emerges only through invention and re-invention, through the restless, impatient, continuing, hopeful inquiry human beings pursue in the world, with the world, and with each other.
I think the same goes for imagination, or knowledge of the future. Imagination emerges through creating things in the present, by building within the institutions and structures that currently exist.
By creating in the present, we gain a greater understanding of the possibilities ahead of us.
We build, we imagine, we build... and the cycle continues.