4 constants in life

Over the past few weeks, I’ve come to realize that there are 4 constants in life: Fantasy, Dreams, Theory and Reality.

In our fantasies, things happen that would never happen. It is the impossible. It is what we all think about to make ourselves better…the fantasy world. It works for movies and video games, but we know it will never happen that way, never in a million years.

Our dreams give us a hope, a wish that what we want or need could happen to make us, or someone else, happy. We can sit and daydream of a girl in school, or a promotion at work, and sometimes it might happen. It gives us a motivation to do the right thing to impress that girl, or make a positive impact on your boss to get that promotion. It is the driving force in most of our lives.

The theory is what should happen. When something goes wrong, following the directions or wisdom of our previous actions leads us to know what should happen. In theory, if we treat that girl right, or give the boss what is asked or more, we “should” get the girl or the job. Unfortunately it usually leads to…

The cold hard truth…and it hurts sometimes. In reality, nothing ever happens the way we expect. The girl slaps us and turns us down. We get demoted or fired. It’s reality. $hit happens. But sometimes it’s a good reality. Your perfect job opens up and you get it right away. Some unknown girl meets you at a party and 10 years later you have a great life and a perfect kid. It can go either way.

These constants are everywhere. We all have fantasies. We dream daily. We expect an outcome based on the theory. But reality is the end result. So if reality is the final answer, why are there the other 3?

Well…if everyone didn’t have fantasies, how would we enjoy entertainment? The perfect story? The princess’s rescue…the dragon-slayer…the superhero. We all know it can never happen, but we enjoy the stories nonetheless.

If we didn’t have dreams, would we ever get the courage to make the move and talk to that girl? It’s been shown via studies that dreams actually stimulates the brain. It is the unconscience expression of our true desires and fears. If they are there, it gives us an opportunity to act on those desires and fears.

Theory…”This slot machine has to pay out on the next one. It hasn’t paid out in 3 years. It has to.” In theory, it should. No explanation necessary. lol But what about an airplane. Before it was accepted to use a machine to fly through the air, some people believed that it was impossible. They tried many times with theories of how it should work. Most failed. But one succeeded, and led to the Boeing 747. People believed that it was impossible to get light from anything other than a candle. People tried based on theory and they failed. But one succeded. Put a tungsten wire inside a vacuum, and run electricity (another theory) through the wire. A lightbulb was born, and now we have LED lights (after new theories of course.) Without theories, we’d still be stuck impaling cattle with sticks to eat them. It is the reason we have Microwave ovens, and plasma televisions, and cell phones.

Reality is the end result, but without fantasies, dreams and theories, would life be worth living?


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