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WORTH THINKING ABOUT: DAYDREAMING
Michael Pollan takes
the guilt out of daydreaming.
not enjoy tremendous prestige in our culture,
which tends to regard it as unproductive thought. Writers perhaps
appreciate its importance better
than most, since a fair amount of what they call work consists of
little more than daydreaming edited.
Yet anyone who reads for pleasure should prize it too, for what is
reading a good book but a daydream at
second hand? Unlike any other form of thought, daydreaming is its own
reward. For regardless
of the result (if any), the very process of daydreaming is
pleasurable. And, I would guess, is
probably a psychological necessity. For isn't it in our daydreams that
we acquire some sense
of what we are about? Where we try on futures and practice our voices
ourselves to words or deeds? Daydreaming is where we go to cultivate
the self, or, more likely,
selves, out of the view and earshot of other people. Without its
daydreams, the self is apt to
shrink down to the size and shape of the estimation of others."
Ask anyone from a Native-American culture about the value of dreams.
They will explain how the
dream is more real than the waking world. Just a thought, Woody in KC
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