the concepts that Robert mentions above, which have always
been presented to us as the most important things to
develop? I know that especially in the realm of
education, I've been taught to focus on knowledge,
history, and facts. I've been taught to learn from
experience rather than to hope that things can be
different from the ways that I've experienced them.
I've been taught that it's inappropriate to laugh at a
funeral or to rejoice that another person has moved on the
the next stage in our eternal existence. I've been
taught that death is final, and that a person ceases to
exist simply because his or her body has given out.
have I defined these ideas as important on my own terms,
or is that just "the way things are"? Have
my teachers taught me facts and history because they
thought that's what was best for me as a human being, or
was that what they were supposed to teach?
I dream and imagine, my world becomes richer by far.
But that frightens some people, who try to warn me against
"living in a dream world." "It can
only bring harm," they say, but I suspect that they
say that because they've never tried it themselves; or
because they have tried it and it frightened them.
Lennon's song "Imagine" is a beautiful
examination of some things that we can imagine that can
bring peace to our hearts. If I "imagine all
the people, living life in peace," that's okay even
if people aren't living that way. Perhaps if enough
of us spend enough time imagining such a thing, eventually
it could come to pass.