John Lennon‘s «Imagine» (original song)
Disillusioned -as I often am- about the vicissitudes of «Greek Reality»(tm) -as a bilingual Greek- a few weeks ago I reached a sad conclusion, a somewhat extreme, eccentric personal decision: I announced that all blog-posts are to be written in English, from now on!
Nevertheless, this strange austere decision, pompously announced in public, to a blog-audience of about 120 (mostly well-educated) readers a day (on average), did not have the impact I intended: Nobody seems to be particularly surprised or -in the least bit- impressed! 🙂
Well, most probably, the decision «to write English posts from now on» was humourously interpreted as yet another unmistakable example of a Greek national madness, against which it was originally… engineered, failing to impress the unimpressable eyes and ears of other Greeks, totally debilitated -already- in their fundamental ability (and natural human right and constitutional Freedom) to be impressed – at all! 🙂
Indeed, my guess is that nobody will be impressed in Greece, if a sensitive Greek person (i.e. another dreamer of the impossible) strips off in the middle of Sintagma square and starts dancing in Trance, while singing the National Anthem (in trance remix) or the «Hymn of the International» (in progressive hip-hop style) -or whatever…
The crux of the matter is this: Greece has surpassed our wildest bad dreams. Nearly every positive dreamer, must be having a hard time today, in Greece. Negative Dreaming rules, since negative dreams -nearly always- tend to become realities, here in Greece.
Well, if you are an extreme pessimist, secretly enjoying (masochistically) your own pessimism, you are advised to come over here and live happily (i.e. unhappily ever after) among your fellow pessimists, the Greeks: – Their Bad Dreams have become Realities.
Now, if you happen to be a non-Greek reader of this blog (and I am sure you do… exist, since blog-statistics indicate there are quite a few of you) perhaps you started feeling slightly puzzled, over these strange thoughts of mine, those boldly tribulant mad revelations: The reason probably being, quite simply, logically, that what was expounded (in the previous lines of this post) constitutes -in part- an Exercise in… Circular Logic, of a particular type, globally known as the Logic of «Self-fulfilling (bad) prophecy»!
Now this fact needs some explaining, if you are not a «nightmare artist» (such as the majority of those who inhabit Greece); if you do not take all evil realities (of bad dreams coming true) for granted, if (unlike most Greeks) you do not like to sing and dance in total pessimism, which is the essence of what a lot of «Greek music» (such as «Zeibekiko«) entails, propagates and indoctrinates, in evil conspiratorial alignment with the (Greek) «Principle of Bad Breams Becoming Realities»(tm):
-The hideous self-fulfilling prophecy (of Circular Logic) deliberately embedded in the rhetoric of the previous lines, the Ultimate Bad Dream is to proclaim -pompously- that «Bad Dreams are all coming true», hence (or otherwise) becoming a pessimist (with extreme certainty) about «the impossibility of escaping pessimism»; becoming a kind of «Bad Dream Super-Dreamer», always believing that -no matter- what you dream, iff it’s a bad dream, then it must become Reality(tm).
The inevitable conclusion, after all this, the childishly obvious logical conclusion to almost anyone (but a pessimist genuinely addicted to bad dreaming becoming Reality), the only logical way to solve the problem, is -quite simply- to dream positively. (Period)
E.g. Most of us are unaware of the fact that most modern technology, as well as many other aspects of our lives in recent years, not just the evil aspects, not the things we unanimously despise, technology of monstrously human repercussions (such as the Internet itself) are the results of positive dreaming, positive feats of the human imagination becoming true through our labourious and ingenious efforts -as a species or as creative individuals- for their real-world implementation.
- I.e. what seems to be missing in this world (and in Greece to an extreme degree) is an appreciation of the Value of Dreaming; Positive Dreaming in particular: The Reality that today we have become empowered -as a species- to make (a lot of) our Creative Dreams become true!
Just quitting the bad habit of dreaming negatively, is simply not enough: We have to cultivate new, positive habits of dreaming positively. And such positive dreaming can be even more effective, if we realize the fact that it’s real; and it can only become real, if we -as dreamers- become conscious of it.
Hence, or otherwise, I dedicate this post -with the Best of the Best of New Year’s Best Wishes– to all the World’s Conscious (positive) Dreamers!
In any case,
I know I am dreamer; but I am not the only one ((tm) –John Lennon).