The Jungle Book

Blog 1846 – 10.13.2020

The Jungle Book

The Jungle Book

This wonderful adventure children’s story by Rudyard Kipling is more widely known by children through Disney’s interpretation and adaptation of it. The animated version and the more recent live action film keep it fresh.

My dear friend and author of Notes From The Universe and other eye, mind, and heart opening books, Mike Dooley, often remarks about this time space jungle we find ourselves in. Though it may often seem quite dangerous it is a friendly safe space where we are allowed to act out all of our fantasies. We can play the role of Mowgi, the boy, or one of the other many marvelous animals and after the adventure plays out still awake safe and sound to dream a new dream.

I often quote the little children’s round that I believe shares the great secret of this life: “Row, row, row your boat, gently down the stream, merrily, merrily, merrily, life is but a dream.” To take life’s troubles not serious enough is to miss the lessons and at the same time to take them too seriously is to despair of living. I believe the last lines of the masterpiece poem Invictus say what should be a mantra for all of us who dare this time space jungle:

“I am the master of my fate

The captain of my soul.”

This dream can be and should be a vivid dream, one that we control. We are not victims, prisoners of fate, nor characters in someone else’s play bound to read the lines they have written for us and to act out their story. This is our story to make of it what we will. I like to think that after each of these passion plays there is a big cast party where we get to critic and analyze our performances and maybe party and rest a bit before choosing a new role in the new play.

Theology, philosophy, and science have long tried to figure out what life is all about. Life is, I think, greater than the sum of all it’s parts and that there is love and meaning greater than all these billions of hearts. I wish you, all as you travers this time space jungle, sweet dreams.

Your friend and fellow traveler,

David White

All I Have To Do Is Dream

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