Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Of Dreams

What is wrong with dreaming? Of course, this itself raises several questions. Dreaming while sleeping or day-dreaming? Either ways, can one talk of having dreamt seriously?

But yes, dreams have been taken seriously, mystically, psychologically, prophetically and also comically. From this angle, dreaming has its own advantages. The impact, however, changes when an individual’s thoughts expressed absolutely consciously face the retort: “Are you dreaming?” Or the stunned exclamation: “Is that really true, not just a dream?” Reactions of this kind are suggestive of the tendency to de-link dreams from actual possibilities out of anger, irritation, humor or simple astonishment.

Should dreams really be dismissed as worth nothing but a work of imagination pictured mentally while sleeping or being lost in thoughts to the stage of being oblivious for a little while? But so what, even if dreams are viewed from these angles? Seriously speaking, they carry immense personal value for the actual dreamer. Though for a few minutes, while they last, some dreams have the power of carrying the dreamer into a totally different mental, even spiritual environment. If the dreams are highly positive, spelling great success and celebration, though for a little while, the dreamer is most likely to feel highly elated. And perhaps, after waking up to reality, the dreamer may actually start deliberating on how to work towards that stage. Highlighting the importance he gave to dreams, Martin Luther King (Jr) said: “If you lose hope, somehow you lose the vitality that keeps life moving, you lose that courage to be, that quality that helps you go in spite of it all. And so today I still have a dream.”

True, all dreams cannot be even imagined to take a realistic turn. But relaxation spelt by happy dreams, whether they are of simply eating one’s favourite dishes, enjoying some success or travelling through the bright clouds cannot be ignored. Dreams, while they last, give the dreamer the liberty to enjoy life as desired by his/her imagination. The best and permanent part of this phase is that an individual’s dreams can never be stolen. Irrespective of whether the dreams are given any importance or not, they remain the property of the dreamer.
One is naturally tempted to consider the impact of destructive, negative and dreams which may cause tension or fear. Dreams remain precious for the dreamer. They, however, lose their value when they are sought to be imposed as “dreams” by a person or group on others.
Individually, nothing is wrong with dreaming and even taking delight at the dreams woven, remembered and even pursued. But as dreams hold a great personal value, the thought that they can be imposed upon others is questionable. Elementarily speaking, howsoever delighted a non-vegetarian maybe by dreaming of eating roasted chicken, the attempt to extend this in reality by forcing shrewd vegetarians to share the same dish is equivalent to shattering the diet-chart the latter dreamt of religiously adhering to. Dreams have a precious value, which cannot be stolen and is destroyed when imposed elsewhere!

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