Friday, August 10, 2007

The burden of the ideal: The quest

Dreams come easy to dreamers. To wonder at what could be, to see the potential in things and people, to hope for the best, to look for the silver lining, and to see the light at the end of the tunnel… All this only till the dream has a head-on collision with reality. Nothing can confuse the dreamer like reality. Questions and doubts invade the terrain which was once inhabited by dreams of possibilities.

Even in the midst of growing cynicism and increasing doubts and questions, the dreamer carries on the quest for the ideal. This incongruity between the ideal and the real remains a thorn in the flesh of the dreamer refusing to go away. The strife between what could be and why it cannot be disillusions. The bubble bursts.

The bursting bubble doesn't keep the dreamer from dreaming.
The bursting bubble doesn't keep the dreamer from being disillusioned.
Dreams and disillusionments. They co-exist. They feed on one another.

7 comments:

Ryan said...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-1auRCameVY

The dreamer does nothing but dream. Dreamers do not do but do dream.

cloverr said...

i dont know exactly what this is about but im a dreamer and a dream is enough to take me away when im in the midst of unhappiness

Bungi said...

Ryan - Hmmm... Not all dreamers are like that... And sometimes dreamers don't do because the ideal is too high and they don't even want to try to attempt to get there.

Gitu - True. Dreams help us escape unhappiness. Sometimes dream is the reason for unhappiness.

Praney said...

Disagrees with Ryan, what a life is without a dream? It's not even a life without a dream. The dream of looking at from the hill top encourges a climber to climb the mountain.

Bungi said...

Praney - I think what Ryan is getting at is, to dream and not to translate the dream into action... Dreams and dreamers don't help if that doesn't move you to do things. Some people are content only dreaming. That is why.

Sandy Carlson said...

They do feed each other. All that Tagore says, above, is crucial to the dreamer not becoming completely disillusioned.

Bungi said...

Sandy - True. One shouldn't lose heart... yet... The best is yet to come...