Therapist: You know that saying: Either your chasing your own dreams or you’re out there helping someone else chase theirs
MrMary: I think that’s the problem
How so ?
Well dreams are not meant to be chased…. They are an insight a source of inspiration
Could you elaborate further ?
Well, Martin Luther King in his famous speech said I had a dream not I am chasing a dream. To chase a dream is to be asleep in my opinion, which is why in the speech which is brilliant there is this tension created by talking about a dream of equality and the absurdity of the racial tension at the current moment at that point in history. I think our society works and thrives on the carrot and stick method, the reward and punishment method. At every moment there is a carrot to chase right in front of you. You have to do well in elementary school, to get to a good high school, you do good there to get to a good college , and then a good graduate school a good job a corner office , a nice home a retirement fund have kids, and before you know it you ready to die, your prostate is enlarged to the size of a grapefruit or maybe you have had a hysterectomy … You chased a dream and have nothing to show for it at any point
So you have no dreams ?
…… Yeah I want to win the lottery, I want to produce bad music and have people fawn over me and think I am a lot cooler than I am, I want to be in a Toby Keith Music video over enthusiastically taxes two-stepping while he sings about marrying his cousin to keep the good looks in the family, – I would find that eternally hysterical… but after I think those thoughts I laugh and get on with my responsibilities, and with trying as best to be attentive to the moment so I can see what I am called to do…. Wants are infinite Needs are few , to be perceptive enough to know when you’re being called into action for a cause for a reason that has to do more than your self-serving arrogance or cupidity… that happens like a few times a century?
This is why assassination is so poignant
Could you explain that
Well we are so scared to wake up that we judiciously silence forever anyone who might rouse us from our fearful slumber. If someone considered me worthy of assassination that would be an incredible honour. That would mean I lived what I believed in and spoke not just for a moment in a bar to look tough in front of friends to or get that drunk chick home (consensual of course), but for an extended period of time. Nowadays if you look at the news there are not that many people left to assassinate because there are not that many people left. I mean real people who live what they mean, and who can take their eyes away from the carrot being dangled in front of them
PS – I hope MLK is resting in peace the 45 anniversary of his assassination passed recently
- Martin Luther King Jr. – “I Have A Dream” (gigislittleshop.com)
- Martin Luther King, Jr. Assassinated 45 Years Ago Today (teepee12.com)
- Martin Luther King Jr. – “I Have A Dream” (minusthebox.org)