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A Dream of Tolerance

posted at 5:09 pm
on May. 6, 2007

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I had an interesting conversation in a dream this afternoon.

In the dream, my family and I were waiting in a resort in a harbour town, waiting for a cruise ship to arrive or leave.

Actually, we were waiting for an older relative who was very sick to die, which is why my extended family was there.  But there was a HUGE number of koreans waiting to get on the cruise ship.

Anyway, that’s not the point.  The point is that I was sitting out by the pool, and across the courtyard, there were two amazingly gorgeous lesbians, one blonde and one red head, making out in a pool lounger.

The woman in the chair next to me struck up a conversation, and asked me if seeing two women kissing bothered me.

“Uh, no, not really,” I said. “I saw them at the breakfast and they were making out there as well.  I think they’re on a honeymoon or something.”

“Ah,” said the woman.  She was smoking a cigarette and reading a ladies’ magazine. “Homosexuality doesn’t seem to bother any of you kids these days, does it?  Now, why is that?”

I remember even in my dream being bemused that she still considered me a kid. But i tried to give her the best answer I could.

I said I thought that there had been a big difference the exposure of kids to messages of tolerance, and to understanding that homosexuality actually existed, pre- and post- the 1970’s/1980s.  I said that in general, kids have been exposed to a broader diversity of cultures and lifestyles.

I told her about the messages I’d been exposed to as a kid that I could still remember: mostly, a lot of shows that dealt with words and spelling, a few about government, and a strangely effective “Participaction” campaign by the federal government that still influenced how I exercised (or at least, how much guilt I feel when I’m not).

I said the even younger generation have a double dose of tolerance messages, but not as much about civic involvement, which might be why they’re less engaged in changing the world—I’m personally shocked at how few and small the protests on college campuses have been about the war.  I think in my dream I thought about blaming The Simpsons, but I didn’t.

And I also said that, there was a double standard as far as male and female homosexuality was concerned, and I didn’t really have an understanding of why that was, but it was fairly undeniable.

Then the P.A. system announced that the cruise ship was going to be delayed in the fog that a whirlpool was currently destroying the dock, and that all resort visitors from Los Angeles should meet in the lobby, so I got up to head to the lobby.

Then I woke up.  I think it was an interesting conversation.



 
 

 

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“The sad truth is that most evil is done by people who never make up their minds to be good or evil.”

...who said it?

“Almost every American I know does trade large portions of his life for entertainment, hour by weeknight hour, binge by Saturday binge, Facebook check by Facebook check. I’m one of them. In the course of writing this I’ve watched all 13 episodes of House of Cards and who knows how many more West Wing episodes, and I’ve spent any number of blurred hours falling down internet rabbit holes. All instead of reading, or writing, or working, or spending real time with people I love.”

...who said it?

“Live a good life. If there are gods and they are just, then they will not care how devout you have been, but will welcome you based on the virtues you have lived by. If there are gods, but unjust, then you should not want to worship them. If there are no gods, then you will be gone, but will have lived a noble life that will live on in the memories of your loved ones.”

...who said it?

“I play with variables constantly.”

...who said it?

“Only the person who has learned Continual Love coming from a heart of Gratitude/Worship can effectively deal with the problem of loneliness.”

...who said it?

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i think the double-standard exists because homophobic men can pretend to be tolerant if there's two hot woman going at it -- because it's still perceived as a heterosexual fantasy to have two women. two guys on the other hand is still "different" and "wrong" and so hasn't become as accepted.

 

Posted by ianmack
  at 8:15 am on May. 7, 2007

 

 

 

I can't quit you Travis Smith!

 

Posted by James
  at 11:32 am on May. 7, 2007

 

 

 

Actually, I want to know what happened to the lesbians. The rest of the story, yeah, that was a good message and all, but what happened to the 'two amazingly gorgeous lesbians, one blonde and one red head?'

It was a dream, after all.

 

Posted by James
  at 11:34 am on May. 7, 2007

 

 

 

My favourite part of this dream is the fact that Participaction somehow informed your views on diversity and tolerance. Hal Johnson and Joanne McLeod would be so proud. Keep fit and have fun!

 

Posted by Sio
  at 11:25 am on May. 19, 2007

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