I had the absolute weirdest dream last night. It was distinctly odd because it was not, by any means, your typically outlandish “four eyed monsters chasing you around an ice skating rink in the middle of Algeria when suddenly you realize you’re not wearing any pants” kind of dream. The peculiarity was in the fact that it actually made sense… and that it wasn’t much of a dream at all. Last night, ladies and gentlemen, I dreamed a thought. And the thought is as follows:
If God existed, why would we have to brush our teeth?
Yeah, I know. It’s a weird one, right?This thought had me amused for quite some time after I awoke. Call me a narcissist (actually, please don’t), but my crazy train of thought often fascinates me. (But seriously, don’t call me a narcissist.) Undeniably more interesting, though, is the curious nature of dreams in general. I believe the Jewish sages say something about dreams being 1/60th prophecy. If there is one thing I can take out of such a statement, it is that dreams are an exceptionally unique phenomenon. Dreams pose us all with all sorts of fascinating questions, some of which we can learn about and some of which have answers which remain currently unknown. Personally speaking, it is my sincere hope that certain dreamy questions remain unanswered for as long as I live to experience dreaming. Those unanswered questions add to the mystery of our world, and the human experience which we all undergo. As the man whose very name has become synonymous with “genius” once said, “The most beautiful experience we can have is the mysterious. It is the fundamental emotion that stands at the cradle of true art and true science.”
And so I let my mind revel in the beautiful mystery of dreams. I wonder: 1) Is their a meaning behind them at all? 2) Why do we struggle to remember our dreams – and will we ever be able to remember all of them? 3) From what memory / information source does the mind create dreams? 4) Is it possible to truly control our own dreams once we realize in midst of one that we are, in fact, dreaming? 5) Can people die in their own dream? And if so, what happens when they do?
Dreams are of a very curious nature indeed. Quite mysterious, which certainly leads to their beauty, as I assume our anonymous quotee would also believe. And it would be nice if we could keep them that way. Therefore, I will not so much as bother to answer the question of how God could exist if we have to brush our teeth. Maybe we don’t really have to brush our teeth and plaque, cavities, and fluoride are all cleverly crafted terms which evil dentists invented to earn a living. In such a case, not only does God have a shot at existence, but I am never ever scheduling a dentist appointment again. Serves them right. I truly loathe the dentist’s office anyway, even though my dentist is a rather nice lady. Or maybe dentists are not all scheming, deceptive scumbags after all. Regardless…. I know definitely that for as long as I can, I will continue to revel in the glorious feeling of simply understanding that, as of now, I cannot understand; in dreaming a dream and thinking “I haven’t the faintest idea.”
…(But seriously now, I really am not a narcissist.)