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Saturday, March 16, 2013

When I dream

I tend to view everything through a political lens. My friends know not to bring up certain topics in social situations because of the risk setting me off. My brother, who is apolitical, once told me I was "tortured by politics".  One of the reasons I started this blog was to provide an outlet for my rants so that my friends and family didn't have to listen to them. So, it comes as no surprise to me that politics sometimes invades my subconscious.

I had a very elaborate dream last night. In it, I was a university student at a huge and futuristic campus that was beside a lake. I was walking with a female friend who was rushing to get to class - she said "You don't keep Ronald Reagan waiting, you know." She told me she was taking a course given by Ronald Reagan, and that it was top secret and only open to invited students. I begged her to take me with her, and she agreed to sneak me in just one time.

We went to a huge open square that had a big platform in the centre with a classroom on it that looked like the bridge on the Enterprise in Star Trek. Reagan was seated in a large chair in the centre like Captain Kirk and all the students were arranged around him in swivel chairs. When the lecture started, all the lights dimmed and costumed actors appeared on the square while Reagan narrated the action in his best "tear down this wall" voice.

In the first scenario, dozens of people appeared in brightly coloured rain coats and milled about. Then it started to rain and the rain-coated people all formed a single line and stood in the downpour. Reagan asked the students what it meant, like he was asking his disciples what a proverb meant. Someone said "It's the spontaneous order generated by the free market in response to price signals." Reagan said "Well, that's the obvious interpretation."

By then the next scenario had started. A door opened at the side of the square into an elevator that was filled with flames. A man appeared beside me with his clothes on fire, but he wasn't burning or in any pain. He turned to me and said "Well, Eric - should I go into the elevator?" Everyone turned to look at me, and Reagan said "Well, should he?" I didn't know what to say, so Reagan clapped his hands and all the lights came on, and he said "That's all for today people."

As we were filing out, my friend looked at me with disappointment like I hadn't made the cut. I begged her to get me added to the course so I could learn what I was supposed to have said, but she just shook her head sadly. I went to the Registrar's office and asked to be added to Ronald Reagan's course, but they said no such course existed, and that Reagan wasn't even on the staff of the university.

I can imagine a psychoanalyst stroking his goatee and saying "Interesting - what do YOU think it means?" after hearing this story, but I'll leave that can of worms unopened for now. 

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

A guy phoned into the Dennis Miller show the other day and he said he had woken up after a nightmare in which he was the only taxpayer left.