The day the dog ate my homework

Last night I had a horrible dream! At first, the dream seemed like a normal dream. I was wandering around a huge hospital and it was very quiet, no nurses, no doctors, there didn't seem to be any patients either. The light was bright and the hallway was clean and crisp and pleasant. I peeked into tidy spacious uninhabited rooms. I didn't know what or whom I was looking for, but I kept checking rooms. I came to a large room. Nothing in it, but in the far corner a man was slightly propped up in a small bed. It was a high bed, almost looked lofted up. A large brown blanket covered him from his neck and hung down like a silky cloak and flared out on the floor. I thought the man was dead, he was dead still and his mouth gaped open. I hurried closer to him to check if he was still breathing and suddenly, his eyes popped open. He stared at me and I froze. He appeared surprised to see me, but he didn't flinch, he seemed relaxed. I realized I was looking at Donald Trump! Then, I noticed a rustling movement under the long brown blanket. Now, I felt like I was really intruding on something. When, before I could leave, the Donald began inching up the blanket and it slowly rose above the floor. He calmly stared at me and I watched as the blanket came over his toes and legs and revealed my dog, my cute little dog, and he was eating Donald Trump's penis! I was horrified! And then my dog stopped, turned to face me and he snarled and growled and gnashed his teeth at me. Donald Trump closed his eyes and inched the blanket back down over my dog and his legs until it fell and swept the floor. I was shocked and I didn't know what to do. I woke up in a panic this morning!

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insomnialex's picture

the first thing that comes to mind is that it’s horrible that Donald Trump is worth entering your dreams. we are constantly inundated with things that shouldn’t matter, but somehow do, because weirdly enough, they might actually effect our lives. on the other hand, there is a constant feeding BY us to that importance simply by the fact it is being projected on us.

something that bothers me. i see facebook threads and forums, i see progressives, or radicals mulling over the differences and relevance of what is being fed by an established structure with its companion, poli-corporate driven media. and it can be hard to not get stuck into creating our dialogue through reactions to that structure. it keeps us trapped, even if we believe in something completely different, as we engage with it. how ridiculous we could even think this election process is something to seriously debate within its own context or divide ourselves with opinions on.

as it does have real effect, it’s something to put on the checklist of decisions, but such a minor aspect of reality that when we shut it off in our creative potential, and realize that a bunch of guys in suits with money or projected importance are not life, the emperor loses his clothes. we make clothes and we wear them.

Claire Bruhn's picture

Alex, Right on! Yeah I don't understand why these figures and other monsters reside in so much of my conscious and subconscious mind. It takes up a lot of space, head space. So much nonsense in there. I do think it is important to not underestimate the power that people like the Trump have. It's worth examining, I think.

insomnialex's picture

yes Claire, some things plague my own dreams as well. i wonder what my dreams might be like if all that nonsense wasn’t being projected on me so much, so to some extent i tune some of it out to help get to a more positive place.

your right, it’s worth examining. the Trump, if i can just call the general projection that for a moment, has real impacts. but i look at my Facebook posts, which i rarely engage with, and i see people that have a real concern for where this world is headed spending so much energy posting every little tidbit that comes from the Trump, or the Bern for that matter, every little media reaction to a couple sentences, reacting, gaining reactions. i can’t help think, if you’re really interested in the problems of wealth disparity and power, why not spend that energy talking about cooperative business models?

it’s like we spend so much time examining that power structure and the media that chooses our topics, we really are just reinforcing it, somehow thinking there’s an answer to be found there. subconsciously we accept it as our means of discourse, or cultural basis. but i think our challenge is to build a more constructive means of discourse, a culture that doesn’t just reject or regurgitate, but truly embraces our own ability.

i’ve had some awake dreams, so to speak, where i simply see a president surrounded by suvs, body guards and bullets proof shielding. some kind of manufactured icon that gets called the leader of the free world. and it’s simply bizarre and archaic, and just a disturbing feeling to think it’s such a norm in our reality. but it self-perpetuates i think by the degree of attention we give. it’s not an us-vs-them scenario so much that we are all part of that culture in ways that are hard to break through just on a personal level, as they are embedded within us. at least that’s my humble (or not so humble) opinion. i think we need to focus on elevating some new (not really new) norms in how we spend our energy if we want to diffuse that dominant culture.

nice to see you here. peace and solidarity.

Claire Bruhn's picture

I think laughter is probably the best combat gear. Politics in the media is infectious and it takes room in people's minds because it is so ubiquitous and entertaining. It is maybe easier for people to get involved, or think they are getting involved, when they comment and share in the staged theater of politics. I don't think it is all a bad thing though, maybe it is a step to caring on a deeper level. I do think it is distracting thing though, it's like a sitcom, and people get wrapped up in it they forget about personal problems and community problems that regular folk can have an impact in.
Take care, Alex.

insomnialex's picture

i agree with you in many ways, but i wish a simple laugh is all i’m seeing from that discourse. sometimes it is, and positive, but even that can be some kind of anesthetic to satiate the need to care on that deeper level. the step, the gateway, i agree, is part of that, but we need more than a sitcom, which risks our detachment, as i think you are also saying.

insomnialex's picture

gallows humor is of course not a bad thing, just a bad circumstance, one which requires better settings

Claire Bruhn's picture

I see what you are saying about a sort of shallow and satisfying laughter. The kind that allows us to glaze over and glide over great problems. That sarcastic kind of laughter. I'm into the dark and absurd kind of humour that allows people to chuckle and groan and allows one to find a greater understanding of the truth of the world. The kind of laughter that is not a simple anesthetic but a kind of cathartic lashing out and awakening.

insomnialex's picture

perhaps we need a tab in the main menu that allows for some groans and cathartic uplift in the form of artwork and poetry, music etc. any ideas on how you might like to see something like that?

Claire Bruhn's picture

I'm not sure. Maybe a catchall "Media." I do think that when there are a variety of boxes for people to shove things in, the more people are confused about where to put their material and the more upset others get when they feel the item is miscatagorized.

insomnialex's picture

good point about over-variety. i guess it's balancing the least confusion with the maximum flexibility. part of that can just be the way it's presented as options, which i haven't put much work into yet. probably a better place to start with the current options. as i do think it is also confusing if ideas are randomly placed, as they become less accessible in that manner too. i think Peter once mentioned a lack of a portal on IOPS for that kind of expression. the humour, the poetry, the art that is hugely important in the revolutionary sense, and the kind of contribution some are deeply inclined to. so just throwing out a thought, for thought processing. cheers. (and while we're adding odd dreams involving the super-icons, maybe i'll return later to throw in one from many years back that i still find odd, and seems even more relevant now, hehe)

Titas @ The Perspectives's picture

Well,that made me laugh a little but it must have been horrifying.Let me tell you about my dream which I had when I was a kid,may be 8 or 9 years old.I dreamed that Gandhi had jumped out of an INR note and chased me all through my hometown.I woke up in panic that morning.And I have not forgotten about the dream till this date.

Claire Bruhn's picture

I am so tickled by your dream, Titas! I think that is so hilarious, also horrifying. I find it funny especially because I think of Ghandi as an Indian superstar and international sweet heart. To imagine him as a monster, hidden in money is Very funny.