Forbidden images

Monday, January 21, 2013

“All people dream, but not equally. Those who dream by night in the dusty recesses of their mind, wake in the morning to find that it was vanity. But the dreamers of the day are dangerous people, for they dream their dreams with open eyes, and make them come true.” – T.E Lawrence

The picture of a man taking his first steps on the moon. The image of black boys and girls joining hands with white boys and girls “as sisters and brothers”. A revolutionary phone. A stupidly dangerous acrobatic stunt. A face that is no longer battered and bruised. A generation of children and teachers who refuse to have their dreams barred by the school system. Peace of mind. Freedom from abuse. Writing books for your readers instead of finding readers for your books. A continent of nations who have kicked their decades-long foreign aid drug habit. Speaking Arabic. Getting paid to make people laugh. Running a marathon. Having a baby. Raising a family and running a business from home. Going to sleep without that knife you keep under your pillow. Space to breathe. Saying what you really think. Saying how you really feel. Being okay with the person you see in the mirror. Telling your real story.

Don’t let them shame or intimidate you into throwing your secret images away.

Protect what you see, nurture what you see, and eventually we will all see what you see.