Tonight on Fast Company I watched the video of Ukrainian revolutionaries dancing in their encampments at Independence Square to Pharrell’s Happy. I watched a bunch of people my age and younger celebrate the idealism that so many people hold dear.
We believe the world can be better if you just give us the opportunity to show you what you taught us before life and scarcity got to you.
We know that the world is a good place. We also know that power breeds corruption, so we know we have to be careful if we are given the chance.
No we don’t have all the answers, but we think we can fix what is broken.
Even if we can’t fix it we can replace it with something entirely different.
We want freedom.
I don’t know how closely you have been following the events in Kiev or if you have scrolled past them in an attempt to keep your blinders on, but something amazing and perhaps scary just happened.
The dictator who was in charge was removed from office by the parliament and there is an opportunity for a new, freer society setting up in Ukraine.
To me this is amazing because we get the opportunity to see what they do with it.
However it is also terrifying because they must be careful how they proceed. Do you want to be like Egypt and have three new governments in almost as many years (They resigned today.) or do you want to form a new land of peace and freedom and show others how a revolution is done.
This is the problem with revolutions. Some people do it for the power. It remains to be seen if there are many in this group who are only in it for the power, but wouldn’t it be a testament to the revolution if this remained about freedom and liberty and less about a transfer of power from one party to another?
To highlight the key element in most elections from one side to another is that it’s the same ideals just with a new face, a new label, a new rhetoric, but the same end game. Power.
The end of the video shows that all Kiev wants is to be happy, but will they be?
I applaud and encourage you all to keep the correct goal in mind.
You’ve done the easy part and that is get the power, the hard part starts now…what will you do with that power??
Be happy, Kiev, you’ve earned it.