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Thursday, February 28, 2013

Virginia Dreamin'

Recently I have been reading through Seven Pillars of Wisdom by T.E. Lawrence (better known as Lawrence of Arabia). In it there is a quote (players of Uncharted 3 may also recognise it).

All men dream, but not equally. 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 are dangerous men, for they may act on their dreams with open eyes, to make them possible.

This reminds me of my Junior year in high school. During that year there was a central theme of The American Dream that ran primarily through English, but was also present in History class (American History). While I never thought of it at the time the above T.E. Lawrence quote makes me wonder; what is more important the dream or the dreamer?

Realistically an argument can be made that neither is more important than the other. But without the dreamer there is no dream... or is there? What say you?

3 comments:

Sara Gray said...

I would say the dream is more important. It gives the dreamer something to work towards and hold onto when things look dark. And after all, "The only thing worse than being blind is having sight but no vision." (Helen Keller)

David Brown said...

So you are saying that the dream does not originate from within the dreamer?

Sara Gray said...

It certainly does. But without a dream, a "dreamer" is then simply a "person." A person is still a person. It is having a dream that makes a person turn into a dreamer.