Arts King of Infinite Space
posted by June 29 at 11:51 AMon
One of Pascal’s thoughts:
If we dreamt the same thing every night, it would affect us as much as the objects we see every day. And if an artisan were sure to dream every night for twelve hours’ duration that he was a king, I believe he would be almost as happy as a king, who should dream every night for twelve hours on end that he was an artisan.If Pascal had ended the thought on “almost as happy as a king,” that would have been the real insight. A man who dreams every night that he is a king is really a king. And only a poor man can dream of being a king. Kings have no dreams.
From a song by the Thompson Twins:
What concerns me here is the substance of this claim. Meaning, does it have any substance, value, weight? What’s so great about giving up one day’s worth of being a king to be with the one you love until the end of all time? Exactly who would give up nights of hot sex for just one day of being a king? A poor fool.
If I was king for just one day
I would give it all away
I would give it all away to be with you If I was king for just one day
I had just one thing to say
You know that love is
All we need to get us through
From a speech delivered by a theologian on August 28, 1963:
I have a dream that one day every valley shall be exalted, every hill and mountain shall be made low, the rough places will be made plain, and the crooked places will be made straight, and the glory of the Lord shall be revealed, and all flesh shall see it together.The density of sensual imagery in King’s speech (its hills, mountains, flesh) is to language what a density of droplets is to a cloud. He hopes that the condensation of sensual imagery in the language will bring about “the real rain,” the fall from the cloudland of ideas a tangible, graspable experience of freedom. This King wants to stop dreaming.