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  • When I think about dreams,

  • like many of you,

  • I think about this picture.

  • I was eight when I watched Neil Armstrong

  • step off the Lunar Module onto the surface of the Moon.

  • I had never seen anything like it before,

  • and I've never seen anything like it since.

  • We got to the Moon for one simple reason:

  • John Kennedy committed us to a deadline.

  • And in the absence of that deadline,

  • we would still be dreaming about it.

  • Leonard Bernstein said two things are necessary for great achievement:

  • a plan and not quite enough time.

  • (Laughter)

  • Deadlines and commitments

  • are the great and fading lessons of Apollo.

  • And they are what give the word "moonshot" its meaning.

  • And our world is in desperate need of political leaders

  • willing to set bold deadlines

  • for the achievement of daring dreams on the scale of Apollo again.

  • When I think about dreams,

  • I think about the drag queens of LA and Stonewall

  • and millions of other people risking everything

  • to come out when that was really dangerous,

  • and of this picture of the White House lit up in rainbow colors,

  • yes --

  • (Applause) --

  • celebrating America's gay and lesbian citizens' right to marry.

  • It is a picture that in my wildest dreams I could never have imagined

  • when I was 18

  • and figuring out that I was gay

  • and feeling estranged from my country

  • and my dreams because of it.

  • I think about this picture of my family

  • that I never dreamed I could ever have --

  • (Applause) --

  • and of our children holding this headline

  • I never dreamed could ever be printed about the Supreme Court ruling.

  • We need more of the courage of drag queens and astronauts.

  • (Laughter)

  • (Applause)

  • But I want to talk about the need for us to dream

  • in more than one dimension,

  • because there was something about Apollo that I didn't know when I was 8,

  • and something about organizing that the rainbow colors over.

  • Of the 30 astronauts in the original Mercury, Gemini and Apollo programs,

  • only seven marriages survived.

  • Those iconic images of the astronauts bouncing on the Moon

  • obscure the alcoholism and depression on Earth.

  • Thomas Merton, the Trappist monk,

  • asked during the time of Apollo,

  • "What can we gain by sailing to the moon

  • if we are not able to cross the abyss that separates us from ourselves?"

  • And what can we gain by the right to marry

  • if we are not able to cross the acrimony

  • and emotional distance that so often separates us from our love?

  • And not just in marriage.

  • I have seen the most hurtful, destructive,

  • tragic infighting in LGBT and AIDS

  • and breast cancer and non-profit activism,

  • all in the name of love.

  • Thomas Merton also wrote about wars among saints

  • and that quoted, "there is a pervasive form of contemporary violence

  • to which the idealist most easily succumbs:

  • activism and overwork."

  • The frenzy of our activism neutralizes our work for peace.

  • It destroys our own inner capacity for peace."

  • Too often our dreams become these compartmentalized fixations

  • on some future

  • that destroy our ability to be present for our lives right now.

  • Our dreams of a better life for some future humanity

  • or some other humanity in another country

  • alienate us from the beautiful human beings sitting next to us

  • at this very moment.

  • Well, that's just the price of progress, we say.

  • You can go to the Moon

  • or you can have stability in your family life.

  • And we can't conceive of dreaming in both dimensions at the same time.

  • And we don't set the bar much higher than stability

  • when it comes to our emotional life.

  • Which is why our technology for talking to one another

  • has gone vertical,

  • our ability to listen and understand one another

  • has gone nowhere.

  • Our access to information is through the roof,

  • our access to joy, grounded.

  • But this idea, that our present and our future are mutually exclusive,

  • that to fulfill our potential for doing we have to surrender

  • our profound potential for being,

  • that the number of transistors on a circuit can be doubled and doubled,

  • but our capacity for compassion and humanity and serenity and love

  • is somehow limited

  • is a false and suffocating choice.

  • Now, I'm not suggesting

  • simply the uninspiring idea of more work-life balance.

  • What good is it for me to spend more time with my kids at home

  • if my mind is always somewhere else while I'm doing it?

  • I'm not even talking about mindfulness.

  • Mindfulness is all of a sudden becoming a tool for improving productivity.

  • (Laughter)

  • Right?

  • I'm talking about dreaming

  • as boldly in the dimension of our being

  • as we do about industry and technology.

  • I'm talking about an audacious authenticity

  • that allows us to cry with one another,

  • a heroic humility that allows us to remove our masks and be real.

  • It is our inability to be with one another,

  • our fear of crying with one another, that gives rise to so many

  • of the problems we are frantically trying to solve in the first place,

  • from Congressional gridlock to economic inhumanity.

  • (Applause)

  • I'm talking about what Jonas Salk called an Epoch B,

  • a new epoch in which we become as excited about and curious about

  • and scientific about the development of our humanity

  • as we are about the development of our technology.

  • We should not shrink from this opportunity

  • simply because we don't really understand it.

  • There was a time when we didn't understand space.

  • Or because we're more used to technology and activism.

  • That is the very definition of being stuck in a comfort zone.

  • We are now very comfortable imagining unimaginable technological achievement.

  • In 2016, it is the dimension of our being itself

  • that cries out for its fair share of our imagination.

  • Now, we're all here to dream,

  • but maybe if we're honest about it,

  • each of us chasing our own dream.

  • You know, looking at the name tags to see who can help me with my dream,

  • sometimes looking right through one another's humanity.

  • I can't be bothered with you right now. I have an idea for saving the world.

  • Right?

  • (Laughter)

  • Years ago, once upon a time, I had this beautiful company

  • that created these long journeys for heroic civic engagement.

  • And we had this mantra:

  • "Human. Kind. Be Both."

  • And we encouraged people to experiment outrageously with kindness.

  • Like, "Go help everybody set up their tents."

  • And there were a lot of tents.

  • (Laughter)

  • "Go buy everybody Popsicles."

  • "Go help people fix their flat tires

  • even though you know the dinner line is going to get longer."

  • And people really took us up on this,

  • so much so that if you got a flat tire on the AIDS ride,

  • you had trouble fixing it, because there were so many people there asking you

  • if you needed help.

  • For a few days, for tens of thousands of people,

  • we created these worlds

  • that everybody said were the way they wish the world could always be.

  • What if we experimented with creating that kind of world

  • these next few days?

  • And instead of going up to someone and asking them, "What do you do?"

  • ask them, "So what are your dreams?"

  • or "What are your broken dreams?"

  • You know, "TED." Tend to Each other's Dreams.

  • (Applause)

  • Maybe it's "I want to stay sober"

  • or "I want to build a tree house with my kid."

  • You know, instead of going up to the person everybody wants to meet,

  • go up to the person who is all alone

  • and ask them if they want to grab a cup of coffee.

  • I think what we fear most

  • is that we will be denied the opportunity to fulfill our true potential,

  • that we are born to dream

  • and we might die without ever having the chance.

  • Imagine living in a world

  • where we simply recognize that deep, existential fear in one another

  • and love one another boldly because we know

  • that to be human is to live with that fear.

  • It's time for us to dream in multiple dimensions simultaneously,

  • and somewhere that transcends all of the wondrous things

  • we can and will and must do

  • lies the domain of all the unbelievable things we could be.

  • It's time we set foot into that dimension

  • and came out about the fact that we have dreams there, too.

  • If the Moon could dream,

  • I think that would be its dream for us.

  • It's an honor to be with you.

  • Thank you very much.

  • (Applause)

When I think about dreams,

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