Somehow, I was voted the “Greenest bloke in Australia”, (I am far from it), and was visited by the Prime Minister of Australia, Kevin Rudd and his deputy Julia Gillard (who is also my local Federal MP). It was like a carnival. The press coverage was incredible and the media was all over me. I held a press conference on our deck, thanking my family for their efforts towards this award, and that I could not have done it without them. I also thanked the Melton Shire Council for promoting sustainable living (now I know its a dream). I was then handed the award which was a massive sculpture made from solar cells that I could plug into my existing PV array. It was a bit like the Solar Mallee tree sculptures at Adelaide Festival Centre.
Then Kevin and I posed for some photos in the vegetable patch. These were then shown throughout the world. After the photos were taken, Kevin and Julia handed me a cheque for A$200,000 to pay off my house and buy a wind turbine. They then made me the spokesperson for all things green attached to the Australian Greenhouse Office. Then someone pulled a plug out of my neck and I was back in reality, back in the real world fighting against the unknown foe.
It was about now that I heard a beeping in the background, which happened to be my alarm clock! It was 0630 in the morning and I arose feeling very weird indeed. You see, I haven’t remembered having a dream this vivid for a long, long time. I know the why as well. The reason for this crazy dream time was Pizza. I have vivid dreams after having eaten pizza for dinner. I don’t know what are in them, or what combination of ingredients that cause it, but is is like awakening from a vision quest. Vision quests are still performed today by some indigenous cultures to find meaning and the true path.
Does this dream mean anything? I don’t know, but I do know that I always strive to be all that I can be when I take up the gauntlet for a cause. If helping to save the future of our planet isn’t the ultimate cause, then I don’t know what is! Maybe it means that I have a sub-conscious deep need or desire to be recognised for my efforts (very deep). Whilst in reality, all around me, I see pollution, uncontrolled consumerism, resource depletion and people living in a “Matrix” like world, unaware that if we all fail to act soon, they will be in for a hell of an awakening.
Maybe the dream meant that I have followed the white rabbit, and met my Morpheus, who has offered me the choice of the two pills, and I chose the red pill. I now know what the Matrix is. I see our current civilisation for what it really is, which is a distraction whereby most westerners are infected with Affluenza and the masses are very, very confused about the true reality of things.
Or maybe, I just ate too much pizza last night and felt guilty for straying from the path of healthy eating, and therefore it was a sub-conscious manifestation of ego and guilt. Whatever it meant, I will continue to strive towards a sustainable lifestyle and promise to eat healthy homemade pizza from now on.
I will leave you with this very thought provoking quote from The Matrix character Agent Smith speaking to Neo;
“I’d like to share a revelation that I’ve had during my time here. It came to me when I tried to classify your species. I realised that you’re not actually mammals. Every mammal on this planet instinctively develops a natural equilibrium with the surrounding environment, but you humans do not. You move to an area, and you multiply, and multiply, until every natural resource is consumed. The only way you can survive is to spread to another area. There is another organism on this planet that follows the same pattern. A virus. Human beings are a disease, a cancer of this planet, you are a plague, and we are the cure.” Agent Smith.