Show the World its Own Dreams

Posted: June 5, 2010 in graffiti living
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When asked what I write, I usually grunt and say, “words”, before making a hasty retreat. When asked why I write, the most honest answer would be, “I don’t know, and even if I could afford a psychiatrist, I’m not sure that I’d want to find out.” The phrase I once came up with when trying to sum up what I write was, “I want to show the world its own dreams.” No doubt this is pretentious and sounds like something you’d read on a t-shirt or the blurb on the back of a book, but let me explain what I mean.

Imagine the world is a group of people, and your country is one of the people among them. It has views of itself, it thinks it is a pretty good guy deep down. It means well, or at least tells itself that it does in order to get to sleep at night, and tries to convince other people of the same. It also likes to look at how well it stands in relation to others, how important it is, how popular.

The world wants to be loved. But when it sleeps, the truth comes out like a broken river. All the nagging fears and doubts pour out as dreams, hidden truths, in a stream of images and symbols that form their own language and say more about them than they would ever say when awake. This is where the truth is. Dreams show the world what it really is, or at least would do if it could only remember them when it was awake. You can’t learn from dreams that you don’t remember.

Bill Hicks said that, “If you are living for tomorrow, you will always be one day behind. Any organization created out of fear must create fear in order to survive. A living philosophy is not a belief – it is an act.”

I want to take a stand and give voice to something, not necessarily politicised or political, but in response to the world as it is. This also ties in with the mad ideas that I have about writers being shamans and creativity being a magickal act, intended to manifest change and influence
the real world.

‘Show the world its own dreams’‚ may not be the most accurate and literal description of what I do when I write, but it’s the best that I could come up with at the time, and it still FEELS like a good enough approximation for now.

So, f*ck it. If anyone asks, that’s what I do.

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Comments
  1. “This also ties in with the mad ideas that I have about writers being shamans and creativity being a magickal act, intended to manifest change and influence
    the real world.”

    This sentence particularly resonated with me. I have the same feelings about creativity and magic. Really enjoyed this post. Thanks!

  2. […] When asked what I write, I usually grunt and say, “WORDS.” When asked why I write, the most honest answer would be, “I don’t know, and even if I could afford a psychiatrist, I’m not sure that I’d want to find out.” Read the rest of this entry » […]

  3. Stacey says:

    I am lovin’ your site! It’s very cool your trying to blog for 30 days. I’m going to subscribe to your feed. Good luck!

    • Hi Stacey, thanks very much for the comments. I checked out your blog too – love the pictures of your laid back black cat looking very pleased with itself!

      I’m sorry to hear you had problem accessing the feed for the graffiti living site but thanks for letting me know – I’ve added it myself to google reader etc and it seems to be working, but if not I may have to ask the nice people at wordpress if they can help me figure it out 😛

      All the best,

      J

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