Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Catching Mackerel

Riddle me this one:

I'm out on a small boat on the ocean, catching mackerel.  It's amazing.  I put out multiple lines and the fish seem to just leap to the hooks.  Not content with taking the bait I offer, they latch on to each other, fish biting fish biting fish... long silvery strands of the wriggling, plump creatures that I haul into the boat.  I have an armful of them, big fish, bigger than your average mackerel, gleaming...

Sounds like a dream of abundance, right?  But wait...

Next thing I know, I'm in the water, holding on desperately to one of the fish that fills my arms. I'm mesmerized by the sudden appearance of a two-hulled speed boat, dashing toward me through the waves.  I know that I need to swim, and fast, to the left or right, to avoid being crushed by the speeding boat, but I just can't move.  It's like one of those dream-moments when you know you have to escape but your legs won't carry you.  I'm stuck there, treading water stupidly, trapped by my own inability to move, about to be run down between the hulls and smashed to pieces by the huge engines that propel them...

I wake, fortunately, before the ultimate fatal moment.  

So, riddle me that one.  

Here's what I think.  I see this as a dream provoked by the anxiety of the economic crisis.  The illusion of abundance at one moment, approaching disaster at the next.    

And, on this topic, I might add how sad and angry I am that this new, young, visionary president should be distracted from the great promise that he brought with him to the White House by a crisis not of his own making, and one that will consume every last ounce of his credibility to resolve.    

6 comments:

roger said...

were those holy mackerel?

he seems to be distracted, or undermined, by some of his appointees. we can change contracts for blue collar workers at gm, but not for the white collar workers who sunk their own company.

also, i am rather profoundly disappointed by his lack of credible change in several areas of law. how about those "state secret" barriers to the rule of law mr prez? the questions of indefinite detention are not made moot by suddenly switching to actual criminal trials for some, but not all detainees.

heartinsanfrancisco said...

I would read your dream the same way.

I am angry and disgusted by the massive amounts of taxpayer money being given to scoundrels and bandits and being told that nothing can be done because their contracts preceded the economic meltdown, even though those contracts depended upon their continued employment at the company they no longer work for.

In the face of widespread loss of livelihood, homes, and life from both economic and natural disasters, we could have found better uses for that money.

PeterAtLarge said...

No, Roger. I think probably unholy! Quite profane, in fact. Yes, he does seem distracted. I wish he could get EVERYTHING right!

Heart, yes! So many better uses. Such a tragedy for the less fortunate, this windfall for the wealthy and unscrupulous!

robin andrea said...

Your dream reminds me of Hemingway's Old Man and the Sea. The desire for abundance and the inability to hold on to it. Perhaps the underlying philosophical consideration that abundance is illusory. And equally as hard to hold on to is the hope that any president will be what we want him to be. We have very little voices in the amazing cacophony of sound.

mandt said...

Or Moby Dick....The, I know I know moment---that which is our undoing is also our salvation.

amabayag said...

mackerel has omega 3 and other minerals that are good for the our heart, brain and immune system...