It's become a mantra of our generation
and of all those seminars where "experts" charge you $89.99 to tell you:
It starts with a dream ...
...add faith and it becomes a belief.
Add action ...
... and it becomes a way of life.
Add perseverance ...
... and it becomes a goal in sight.
Add patience and time ...
... and it becomes a dream come true.
Many who follow that course of action never achieve their dreams.
shared some respectful, realistic graduation advice at Princeton's commencement ceremony on Monday morning.
It ran counter to what speeches like that say.
"In the great tradition of these speeches, generally someone says something along the lines of 'Chase your dreams,'
But I don't want to tell you that because I don't believe it," he told the students at Class Day.
"I want you to chase your reality."
"I feel," he said,
"that over time, we started to view reality as the poor cousin to our dreams, in a sense. ...
I want to make the case to you that our dreams, our virtual realities, these abstractions that we enjoy and surround ourselves with —
they are subsets of reality."
The end of Inception where the camera cut to black just as the spinning top looked to be wobbling was Nolan's statement --
Cobb didn't care anymore. He was with his kids ... all levels of reality are valid.
" But the question of whether that's a dream or whether it's real is the question I've been asked most about any of the films I've made.
It matters to people because that's the point about reality. Reality matters."
" I think our generation went out into the world believing
that if we could connect the world, if we could allow the free exchange of ideas across geographical boundaries, economic boundaries,
if we could all talk, these problems would go away.
Unfortunately, I think by now, we have to acknowledge that we were wrong,
that's not the case. Communication is not everything."
I agree with Nolan that reality matters, that if we sacrifice the bounties of the here and now
for the grasping of that Brass Ring that may never come close to our fingers ...
We have ceased to live fully, to be entirely in the moment ...
and our fiction will be paler and less authentic than winning prose needs to be.
Hemingway's work is still valued and talked about ... for he lived life fully ...
He inhaled life and breathed out prose that pulsed with reality.
What do you think?