Monday, January 2, 2012

Wake Up

Dreaming permits each and every one of us to be quietly and safely insane every night of our lives.

William Dement
Hello Mark
"We are such stuff s dreams are made on" wrote Shakespeare. If that is so how can we tell the difference between the sleeping dream and the waking dream? Furthermore, if the sleeping dream affords us the right to go insane, doesn,t the waking dream do so too? And if insanity is what the sleeping dream feeds on why can't the waking dream do the same? Or are we all still asleep while we think we are awake?

When I read the news I perceive many human activities that seem to have no other explanation than that someone, or some group of people, has gone not so quietly or safely insane. How else but by madness can you explain some of the outrageous behavior of humans: suicide bombers, decisions by fundamentalist religions, the plundering of citizens by banks and other institutions, the kidnapping of children, millions of dollars being poured into a relatively small Midwestern state to garnish votes of doubtful worth. legalized torture, rape, murder, cruelty, infidelity, police brutality, nuclear weapons, the exploitation of children, other people being paid a fortune for performing acts of dubious quality, home owners being disallowed to display an American flag on their property, drones. Are we all guilty of this daytime craziness, and do we all need to wake up?

"Keep a level head" the saying goes. How level is my head? Rudyard Kipling wrote about that:
"If you can keep your head when all about you
Are losing theirs and blaming it on you," and
"If you can dream - and not make dreams your master."

That's the question. Are we letting our dreams master us? When a man blows up a building and says that God told him to do it in a dream or in a vision you can be sure there is a mad man loose.

It seems to me the peculiar type of insanity that people are victimized by is not being able to tell the difference between a rational and irrational act or decision. Where is the buzzer, the alarm clock that should wake us up? Are we still asleep after we crawl out of bed? Do we sleepwalk through the day? And when we decide on the mad act, whatever it is, do the non thinking tools of passion, will power and tunnel vision take over our lives and hold us captive?

It's an odd fact that we spend most of days somewhere between asleep and alert. What we need to do is to understand, first of all, that we may well be still asleep and moving through a dream of life. Then let the cold breeze of reality blow across our thoughts and startle us into alertness. We need to ask "Wait a minute, what am I thinking of. Does it make any sense? Do I really want the results I'm heading for? Are these really my thoughts or do they come from some goblin of the night?" We need to be clear, "level headed," to keep our own heads and not rent them out to some inane fantasy. We need to confine our own inexplicable madness to the night time slumber.

"O dreamer, leave thy s dreams for joyful waking,
O captive, rise and sing, for thou art free."
(Rosa Turner)

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Bucko (a.k.a., Ken) said...

It would be a shame to go through life sleeping, there is to much to see and experience.

pacifica62 said...

No we are not all guilty of daytime craziness, but I do think that we have to wake up and stop the outrageous behaviour of some human beings.I do not have the kind of dreams that you are talking about and don't feel that I have any inexplicable madness in nighttime slumber. On the contrary, I think that people who commit outrageous behaviour are very awake and cognizant of what they are planning or doing. Many of their acts are cold and calculated and therefore not done in some haze of dreams. Those who hear voices in real life or in dreams are schizophrenic,seemingly mad but suffering from a serious form of mental illness. I do not believe that we can dream of committing horrors if we do not have the capacity to commit these same horrors in our waking life. Does not offer much solace from all of the atrocities happening in the world though.