Thursday, December 1, 2011

Dreams: Affecting Reality

I dream of a world where man
No other man will scorn,
Where love will bless the earth
And peace its paths adorn.

-"I Dream of A World" by Langston Hughes

We're still dreaming for this world, even as Mr. Hughes did like this in the 1940s. The world has certainly changed, grown more accepting, at least of the "black and white" that he referred to in this poem. The beauty of poetry us that it doesn't have to be taken in complete doses. This poem, like so many others, can refer to any type of discrimination, by race, sex, gender, sexuality, creed, or ability.

I've written a lot about dreaming, but there's one thing I haven't written about in terms of dreaming, because it's very personal and individual: turning your dreams into reality. I'm not talking about anything like astral projections interacting with the world; I'm talking about standing up for what you believe in, how you feel the world should behave. I know many people are doing this already, but too many people are still going along with the flow, letting toher people decide for them.

You don't have to join protests, or arrange them; you don't have to boycott companies or products; you don't even have to vote. You just have to find some way to express yourself and follow through. Words are my medium, something that works for many others as well. You just need to open up your mind and put yourself out there.

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