Is Reality Not Good Enough?
Throughout the story we are presented with abnormal creatures and places, But why? Is our world not good enough that one must escape it through a dream, or for us; escape through a story about a dream?
At the end of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland her sister is sitting and imagining all that Alice had dreamed. She knows that if she opens her eyes it would all change back to “dull reality”. Quite frankly I find that incredibly unfair to our world. Life is not so dull that one would wish to leave it, even if only through one’s imagination.
Of course I cannot deny having wished to escape situations and be the heroine in one of my favorite books, but I would not say that this world is “dull”. Our lives are so glorious; if we think they are dull it is only because we wish to ignore the beauty around us. Most of the time we imagine our situations to be much worse than they are, and when they are as bad, we are still faced by them simply because we do have the power within ourselves to overcome whatever we face if we are willing to even put forth a small effort.
If one thinks that life is dull, then look at the lowing cattle and appreciate them in their simplicity and splendor of having been made exactly in the form that allows them to thrive. Listen to their lowing and hear not rough noise, but instead the intensity of their love for their lives. Their appreciation for what they are, and have, and will be echoes through them, it is how they praise their world for their life and do not think, “If only farmer John would feed me more.” or “If only I could go to a magical world where humans spoke cow because my life is so dull.”
Now, most people will say that a cow or any other animal is too simple minded to know the difference between a dull or eventful life, however, it is our complexity that makes us lose appreciation for the most important thing in our lives; life itself. So that being said, maybe it would be better for us to accept our world and live it happily. When you feel life presents you with a dull moment, don’t allow it to dull you! Do something good to benefit yourself and others and your life will never be dull.
It is no sin to dream; if it was I’d be doomed for sure, dream away and let your creativity express itself through your art and thought, but don’t get so caught up in dreaming that you forget your daily life can be just as marvelous as a dream if you make it so. Don’t resort to pining over stories that only make the longing in your heart to live another life take away the joy you have in your real life.
In other words, dreaming is a gift we all can use to give ourselves hope etc. However, when dreaming do not degrade your reality. The only reason it might be ‘dull’ is that you are too dull to try to improve it.