Though the dream didn’t have a clear image…
…it had a clear message.
In the dream…
…the Vice President—who is like Al Gore, but not Al Gore—plans to take action on his environmental concerns.
But there’s a question about how the President—who is like Bill Clinton, but not Bill Clinton—will react to this decision.
So according to this dream, I want to act on some of the values I’ve long held…
However, my actions may conflict with pragmatic concerns.
The pragmatic “President” aspect holds the greater power. But perhaps the “Vice President” aspect can persuade by showing how its idealism–its morality–is pragmatic.
At first, I believed that “environment” in this dream referred to the physical world—our planet.
But dreams are rarely so simple. “Environment” can have more than one meaning. It can also refer to my own personal environment, both inner and outer.
To extend outward again: in the same way, “environment” could relate, not just to my psyche, but to the psyche of our world.
I believe the main reason we humans don’t take better care of our environment (both inner and outer) is fear—fear of what change will cost us, will demand of us, in the short term.
The dream is telling me that I’m ready to make needed sacrifices that may cost me in the short term…
…but will help protect and enhance my life in the long term.
I think the pragmatic aspect may represent my conscious ego. The conscious ego is the decider—the conscious ego is the one that must act.
However, in my experience, the conscious ego is not the ultimate decider. When I make a conscious decision that goes against my moral sense, I trip myself up (just as Clinton did during his presidency).
Fortunately—and ironically—by looking at this dream, the conscious ego became more aware of the conscious ego. So now, perhaps I can avert—or at least, lessen—the conflict.
© 2011, Michael R. Patton
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