Dreamwalkerdiaries: Dream Log: 30JUNE2014 – Fishing Boat Roller Coaster

This takes place in the “alternate” Victoria – the one that I have had dreams about. It’s kind of the same, but there are also many differences, including a type of hover-platform mass transportation, a different mall downtown, and a restaurant in the Inner Harbor called the Pirate’s Cove (which has Tiki decor, and sits on a barge). These features do not exist “in real life” but either exist in a parallel reality, or may exist some time in the future. I’m especially hopeful about the hover-busses!

There is also a bar in Market Square that exists in my dreams that doesn’t exist “in real life”. The interior is warm shellacked yellow cedar, surrounded with clear glass walls, and it is located on Johnson street, next to the stairs leading down to the “common” area. You might mistake it for an oversize “Jenga” set, or a nouveaux-riche treehouse. It’s a cozy little bar, popular but not crowded. 2 levels, overlooking the square.

In my dream I am there by myself, it is nighttime / dusk (the sun has just set), I am sipping coffee and enjoying the surroundings. I am visiting from somewhere else. I am reviewing the details of an itinerary, perhaps they are vacation plans, but seem to be something more. I get up to leave to walk around the harbor, and someone with sunglasses (at nighttime?) is following me. He seems threatening – I am reminded of the agents from the “Matrix” movie. I walk quickly out of the bar and down the steps; it is fairly easy to evade him by rounding a corner, and waiting to see if he follows. He doesn’t, and I continue on with my walk.

I am able to work my original plans in with my evasion, and I end up boarding what appears to be a small fishing boat. The seating is similar to the “Pirates of the Caribbean” attraction at Disneyland, and there are several other people in the seats. As we launch, in my head, something says “And now for the Grand Finale!”, but I think this is a silly statement (whomever said it), it’s just a fishing boat! But then, a few moments later, there is a breathtaking view opening before me. Majestic cedar forest on our right, an island and the full moon in front of us. There is something about it that seems like this moment was created just for me, and I was wondering what is part of the ride, and what is part of the current reality.

The fishing boat makes a right into a tunnel, and we are pulled quickly upwards on a steep incline. Rather than a fishing boat, it now appears we’re on a roller coaster. All around us are scenes of industry, and there are large colorful crystals along the top of the cave. It’s quite spectacular – rushing water is falling down  around us; we’re climbing a waterfall (like a spawning salmon?).

At this point I find myself in a “in-between” place. I am no longer in the roller coaster, there is nothing around me. But my “focus” is only on me – I find myself in my sleeping-clothes (lightweight shorts and a t-shirt), and I am bewildered, since I still think I’m on the roller-coaster. I feel for my wallet and my cell phone which SHOULD be in my pockets if I’m in my regular clothes… but they’re not there… I briefly panic… and then I realize that I’m no longer where I used to be… but I’m not quite back to “real life”. I am “nowhere”… but I am also, now, wearing what I did when I went to sleep the night before.

A few moments more and the “real world” fades in around me. I wake up, in bed. It’s too early for the alarm, so I wait for my mind to catch up with reality. It does… eventually.

“Fear Sells” – Bassem Yousef speaking at Deutsche Welle Global Media Forum

http://www.democracynow.org/2014/6/30/egyptian_comedian_bassem_youssef_says_his

Fear sells. Fear Works. Fear makes you get away with anything. And when people are afraid they will not accept logic, let alone satire.  Fear can drive the masses. Fear can turn them into ruthless organisms devoid of human mercy and intellectual logic. Fear can drive humans to give up the best ever human trait – humanity. Under fear they accept taking away their rights to object, to oppose and even applaud taking away other peoples rights. Under fear, fascism becomes coveted, and human rights becomes an indecent word. Our job was to expose those irrational fears – to dissect through the unfair use of such basic human instinct in order to give up basic human rights and needs.

This might sound strange, but again let me remind you, that fear sells, fear delivers, fear is much, much more stronger.  Fear might be the greatest mover of masses ever. You have experienced this during your history – the world has experienced Nazism, Fascism, MacCarthyism – all were movements that used fear and phobia and empty viscious rhetoric in order to control the masses. Sixty years later and those techniques are still valid.

We saw how the world’s most advanced democratic countries used fear to drag the whole world into war, like the Bush years in America. Their main weapon was not state-of-the-art aircraft carriers or stealth fighters, but good old National Scare fear. Fear is the favorite weapon of all democratic countries, autocratic countries, nationalist states, and terrorist groups. It’s the favorite brand of all.

Fear sells, fear works, and fear is a winner. Satire and comedy might be one of the very few antidotes against fear. It liberates your mind – it sets your judgement free. And that is why it is a threat, and that is why people who use satire will be alienated, marginalized, and even scared off. It doesn’t matter if it’s a government who thinks it’s closer to God than you, or a regime that thinks they are more Patriotic than you. You as a satirist have no place in the world.  It is a world where fascism is celebrated, and where fear rules. But satire comes to destruct such an equation. Because when you laugh, you cannot be afraid anymore.  And thus, the system will work to eliminate that weapon of laughter, in order for fear to set in.

But maybe there is a small beacon of hope. Maybe change will come from the most unexpected of places. The world today is a young world. Youth are connected now more than ever. The internet and the open skies offers an opportunity that was not there many years ago, when regimes can get away with anything. When we started on the internet 3 years ago, we might be at that time the only one in our country who did that with such a unique idea and format.

But now the internet is full of young people coming up every single day to combat fear, intimidation, and media deception. We were too big to be allowed to continue, but by the time we were banned, the change has already happened. Stopping the show might be viewed as a sad ending, but we would like to look at that as a new beginning. We have inspired a whole generation to go out there and express themselves in their own way. The old techniques of the 40s and 50s won’t cut it with those youngsters. The propaganda that worked for their parent’s generation won’t be able to control them anymore. The plethora of fascism that plagues certain regions on the planet right now is only a temporary, transient moment of time that will soon be washed away by the upcoming generation.

Facts seem now overwhelming that the long-coveted freedom is stillborn. But that is not true, as Bevin once said, fascism is not a new order of society, it is the future refusing to be born. But I tell you that the future is already here. It is just warming up. So fear might sell, fear might work, and fear might win, but it will eventually face its defeat. And the battlefield for that glorious victory will be none other than the hearts and minds of vibrant, inspired young people who will not give in to fear.

(transcribed from Democracy Now! )