American novelist has written: "You willbecome as small as your controllingdesire; as great as your dominantaspiration." Are we any different thanthose courageous voyagers who havegone before us? If one has the capacityto dream, then he has the ability toachieve that dream. Henry David Thoreau says, "if one advancesconfidently in the direction of hisdreams, and endeavors to live the lifehe has imagined, he will meet with asuccess unexpected in common hours."
Consider how bleak the world would beif Aristotle refused to inquire, Galileorefused to observe, Columbus refusedto sail, Rembrant refused to paint,Luther refused to question, or PatrickHenry refused to speak. What if Mozartrefused to compose, Lincoln refused toact. Weight refused to believe, and VonBraun feared to dream.
The world needs each of ourdreams,
and desperately. Do you havean idea to cure disease — Lister did? Doyou have an idea that will feed thestarving millions — Borlaug did? Do youhave an idea to create happiness formillions — Disney did? Do you have anidea to fight illiteracy and ignorance —Gutenberg did? Do you have an ideaabout mankind — Darwin did? Do youhave an idea for a more workableeconomy — Keynes did? Do you hi;vean idea for humanity — Schweitzer did?Do you have an idea for a story — Tolstoy did? Do you have an idea for agreat adventure — Armstrong lid? Doyou have an idea for a painting —Michelangelo did? These individualsknew well the meaning of Darwin'sinsight: "A man who dares waste onehour of life has not discovered the valueof life."
What are your dreams?
Do you havean idea for a symphony, a better way tomotivate students, a cure for cancer, apowerful novel, or an answer forpoverty? Hive you had an idea for anew source of power, a non-pollutingengine, eliminating discrimination, oreven world peace? John Kennedy,shortly before his death, said: "A manmay die, nations may rise and fall, butan idea lives on. Ideas have endurancewithout death."
Success can only be achieved if your dream is greater than yourfear and equal to your courage.
Often, the dream must be your guidinglight in a fog-shrouded world of apathyand discouragement, and the dream insome cases must be more importantthan your very life.
Dream and feel the thrust of life!
"Let Us Choose Life," says the famousBarbara Ward. What is life if we fear todream, or create, or hope, or love?Without these antidotes to the poison of apathy we are spiritually andemotionally dead. Life, then, becomesempty, unbearable, senseless, andsterile. Ambassador George Keenan hassaid, "It is not important that life belong, only that it has purpose andmeaning."
Those who choose to dream of a betterworld — those who question and searchand care and love will need his specialkind of courage, for as Hemingway hasclearly perceived, "If people bring somuch courage to this world, the worldhas to kill them to break them. Theworld breaks every one and afterwardsmany are strong at the broken places.But those that will not break, it kills. Itkills the very good and the very gentleand the very brave impartially."
The world may kill the dreamers,but never the dream.
Inquire into thelife of those who have sought to share anew dream with the world. Did they notcrucify Jesus, stone Copernicus, poisonSocrates, persecute Galileo, degradeDarwin, and kill Lincoln? Did they notimprison Thoreau, ridicule Goddard,excommunicate Luther, humiliateVoltaire, and discredit Lawrence? Forthose who find the courage to think newthoughts, depart from the norm, orattempt to design a better world, theprice will be great, as will be therewards.16.Only those able to overcome fear anddifficulties will experience the full andsplendid delight of human existence. Reachfor your dream, if you dare, and you will graspthe most profound insight of all — the powerand
unlimited potential of the humanspirit
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Fill the blanks with the word or phrase thatbest complete the sentence. Encircle theletter that corresponds to your choice.1. The essay is mainly about _______.a. the meaning of a dreamb. reaching for a dream