I think Martin Luther King Jr.'s "I Have A Dream" speech is one of the most inspirational, celebrational, muppetational speeches of all time. It speaks to a Universal truth about all men (and women, calm down) being created equal and a world where people are "not judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character." It's a noble aspiration. And one I wholeheartedly agree with. Still, there is a fundamental problem to this speech -- it's title. It is commonly known as the "I Have A Dream" speech. When, really, I think it should be known as the "I Have A Really Great Idea" speech. Because, let's face it, no one dreams like this.
Based on the title of the speech, I would think it would be more likely, to go like this ... "I have a dream ... that I am being chased by a giant spider and I can't get away because the tires on my Big Wheel won't move. I have a dream ... that I'm falling from the sky and Lena Horne won't give me the frying pans. I have a dream ... that I'm the same age I am now but for some reason I'm back in school and there's a test I didn't know about and I'm sitting at my desk in my underwear and everyone is staring at me because the phone that I have instead of a right hand won't stop ringing. I have a dream ... that I really have to pee and there's no place to go so I try going in my clothes hamper but I still really have to pee. I have a dream ... that I'm driving in a car from the back seat with my feet and it's out of control and I'm headed right towards a rock wall and just before I crash ... I wake up! And that's when I have this really great idea -- that we all should live in a world where people are not judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character."
When I got out of bed to write this idea down, my bedroom floor turned to water and I fell in and found myself being chased by sharks with Mila Kunis heads. So maybe it really is a dream after all. Shame.
Why is my laundry wet?