A South African philosophy lecturer some years ago mentioned a psychiatric book describing how dreams become reality. It reminded me of an experience where, after a long day of work, I dreamed of dancing with a muscular girl, and one week later found myself doing exactly that, without having known her a week prior.
For this reason, Gregory Hoodâ€™s book Waking Up From The American Dream revitalized interest in the idea that dreams affect our future. It is difficult to find a credible explanation of the â€œAmerican dreamâ€ so I reverted to the original poem apparently inscribed on the Statue of Libertyâ€™s pedestal;
The bit that caught my eye was this: â€œKeep, ancient lands, your storied pomp!â€Â It describes quite accurately the mindset difference between the â€œpompâ€ of the elites and the â€œhuddled massesâ€ where an open country as reflected by a woman (Mother Earth perhaps) invites the intrepid, but not the pompous. Clearly the dream was not only the venture, but also the escape (or “exit” in todayâ€™s language).
The escape has become the venture. That is the real American Dream: not to be constricted, but to be released. In fact, to be released into a world we canâ€™t envisage from one that has become tedious and pointless. Hood wants us to realize not that the poetic version of the dream is wrong, but rather that it has become corrupted and now serves as the inversion of what it once meant.
The world is filled up in 2016, but people still require to be released because the pompous constrictor is still tightening its muscles. However, the â€œhuddled massesâ€ cannot escape to an empty New World, so they escape back to an â€œemptyâ€ Old World (same constrictor though).Â The difference between the huddled masses then and now is civilization. The first huddle mass were barely civilized, while the second is entirely not. Also civilization has grown exponentially since the last mass â€œexodusâ€ (pun intended). The new huddled masses are not intrepid and humble; they are dependent and arrogant because they think their superiority lies in their penises rather than brains. In fact, they donâ€™t even know what property rights are, which means they are effectively uncivilized.Â (Think how dangerous that is for rural town councils/cities in America).
However, civility requires that we should start a new pursuit (as opposed to the pursuit of happiness), perhaps called the â€œpursuit of civilityâ€ or â€œcivilization.â€Â Since civilization is an unnatural state (itâ€™s also unnatural for all humans to be civil with all other humans due to stress factors alone), humans should make haste in pursuing their â€œorganizationalâ€ happiness and not just their own individual (selfish) happiness. They should not dream about being pompous heroes, they should dream of civilization and its enemies. Heroes are those epitomizing the upward spiral while enemies are those causing the downward spiral. The pursuit of happiness necessarily extends beyond the self.
Returning to the above â€“- â€œto be released into a world we canâ€™t envisageâ€ — may I point out that the part of â€œreleased into a worldâ€ is actually wrong? It should rather be â€œreleased into a civilizationâ€. The second part of â€œwe canâ€™t envisageâ€ will then indicate a desire to improve civilization, being the opportunity we canâ€™t envisage (yet).
This unknown visualization of reality will ignite our minds to create solutions emerging as dreams that may just one day come true in a natural world. While it is natural to dream, it is incumbent on humans to keep it as natural as possible too. We canâ€™t therefor dream of an unnatural liberalized politics-of-fear diverse world, because we already have that.