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Dreams of dreamers

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All men dream; but not equally, and that is why great dreams of great dreamers are always transcended.

Ceylontoday, 2016-03-20 02:00:00
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Dreams of dreamers

By T. Arjuna


All men dream; but not equally, and that is why great dreams of great dreamers are always transcended.
Those who dream by night in the dusty recesses of their minds wake in the day to find that it was vanity; but the dreamers of the day, act on their dreams with open eyes to make them possible. Strivers might achieve what all dreamers believe; but all men of action are dreamers too. That is why all men who have achieved great things have been great dreamers. They imagine what their future could be, ideal in every respect, and then they work every day toward their distant vision.

Therefore, sometimes, the only realists are the dreamers. Their dreams put their energies to work and make visionaries of them.

The things dreamers make, live on and turn them into eternal conquerors. Hence, I say to all the other dreamers out there, do not ever stop or let the world's negativity disenchant you or your spirit. Surround yourself with love and the right people, and anything is possible. Because, this is the age and time of dreamers; the place where the greatest dreams of humanity are tested and have triumphed. Thus, be the makers of dreams, as well as the dreamers of dreams: for every great dream, begins with a dreamer and if you are one, you have within you the strength, the patience, and the passion to reach for the stars to change the world.


Dreams are a universe in itself. Yet, in spite of it being a universe filled with the mysteries of the mind, if you do not know how to dream, you are as good as the living dead. All of the great innovations and monumental changes across any industry, society, or nation were first mere dreams in someone's mind. Through passion, dedication, proper planning, hard work, and momentum from others, these ideas manifested into the world we live in. Yet, in the ordinary human perspective, dreams are not supposed to make any sense. They are just what sometimes happens, when you put your head down for the night and your brain decides to run riot. With that said, a surprising number of society's innovations have come from dreams, proving that sometimes there is method to the brain's madness. Thus, a scientist dreams of snakes and discovers Benzene; another dreams about being stabbed, and invents the sewing machine. James Cameron dreams the Terminator and because of that one dream, becomes one of the biggest names in Hollywood; instead of being, pigeonholed as the go-to director for flying fish movies. For Albert Einstein, solving the mysteries of the universe was more a hobby than a job. Many of his biographies recount that the theory of relativity came to him in a dream. Descartes' crazy dream creates the Scientific Method. He may have said, "I think, therefore, I am"; but he also is, credited with the formulation of the 'Scientific Method;' one that relied on reason instead of guesswork and threats and his discovery is one of the reasons for modern civilization to exist. Thus, where there are dreams and dreamers, there is change; where there is change, there are opportunities: opportunities for growth, innovation, and progress - within a company, industry, society, or nation.


The dreams of mankind laid the foundation for his civilizations and for the world, you live in today. The long, long forward struggle of the human species from a status no better than an animal - existing a solitary, poor, nasty, brutish, and short life - through the intervening ages, and down to the later times when real, though not imperfect, civilizations evolved among the higher races of mankind; all began with a dream and a dreamer. Civilization is a human acquirement; it is not biologically inherent; hence, each succeeding generation must receive anew its education. The superior qualities of civilization - scientific, philosophic and religious - are not, transmitted from one generation to another by genetic inheritance. These cultural achievements are, preserved only by the enlightened conservation of social inheritance. For over three hundred thousand years, the human species had to be, nurtured in the idea of group activities and social inheritance, the idea that in unity and union, there is strength.
Primitive man was not naturally overflowing with the spirit of brotherly feeling and the desire for social contact with his fellows. Primitive society was, founded on the reciprocity of necessity and on the enhanced safety of association. Thus, human society had to evolve in age-long cycles of isolation, fear, and by means of reluctant co-operation for civilization to become man's insurance against violent death. For this safety in numbers, man paid a premium by submitting to society's numerous laws and demands. Out of them grew values, morals, customs, traditions, and culture - the habits of a people.


Man might be a product of the monkey, and a monkey may use a stick to knock a banana from a tree; but that stick will never be modified into a pruning hook or a ladder because of a monkey's ingenuity. Monkeys have never devised a spoken language, written a book, composed a melody, built a house, paved a road, or painted a portrait. To say that birds build nests and beavers their dens is to miss the point. People once lived in caves, but their ingenuity, imagination, and creativity – their dreams - led them to progress beyond caves; and because of some of them; such great civilization as Mohenjo-Daro, Harappa, Sumerian, Mesopotamian, Constantinople, Jerusalem, ancient Alexandria, Egypt, ancient India, ancient China, Athens and Greece, Rome, Inca, and many more, evolved. Civilization is a triumph of mind over matter, of reason over instinct, and of the distinctly human, over Mankind's animal nature. Civilizations made possible culture, and all of its achievements: arts, technology, sciences, religions, and politics – in fact, all human activity and expression. They were, all made possible by the dreams of dreamers.
See you this day next week. Until then, keep thinking; keep laughing. Life is mostly about these two activities.
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