Posted by David
We watched South Pacific a few nights ago. Although it was a bit sappy, it was truly fascinating. Written just after the WWII, it genuinely had a feeling that seemed special to that time period. The movie itself ws produced in 1958 and had a similar feeling, including an innocence that was a part of American culture just prior to that big shift into which the boomer youth paved our way in the mid-1960s.
Despite the warm feelings that the movie produced inside of me, I was oddly compelled by Happy Talk, the song sung to the two young lovers by the older Tonkinees woman named Bloody Mary.
The last line is “You gotta have a dream, if you don’t have a dream, how you gonna have a dream come true?” This line is pivotal to all of us in our lives here on earth. We must have a dream, because we go the path of our dream. And we all have a dream. But it may just be a dream that someone else has planted inside us, rather than our own. Then we go the path of another’s dream, and that may or may not be where we want to end up.
What’s curious is that happy talk encapsulates the dream I seek. You’ll notice that I started this with “Although it was a bit sappy.” My inner motive was on the defense saying in effect, “I’m not really that sappy.” And why would my inner motive want you to think that? Because in our culture there’s a meme that says, “Smart people shouldn’t really believe in romance and happy talk. Sweetness is not of value. True love and joy is really impossible.” No, our culture injects us with a fear that we won’t belong if we believe in those ‘sappy’ sorts of things. You who do are anti-intellectual, live in a ridiculous fantasy world and really must be a dimwit to believe it to be true. I believed this line of thinking for many dark years.
But it is possible to believe in that reality. Although we will all see darkness and pain in our life, one day, this dream will come true. This is the Joy of John that I spoke of earlier. Dreams come to fruition. It’s the special character of the humanity. It is true to each and every one of us. So, if you gotta have a dream, what’s yours gonna be? It will come true.
Mine is that joy will abound more and more eternally, where each purpose-filled day is bright, new and exciting, where sleepy nights take us to a banquet of dreams, where fellowship is the most sought-after of riches, where God’s love is tangible, material and ever-present` in his son Jesus.
Yes, I’m a dreamer, but thankfully my dream will come true.
Happy talk, keep talking happy talk,
Talk about things you’d like to do,
You gotta have a dream, if you don’t have a dream,
How you gonna have a dream come true?
– South Pacific (Rodgers & Hammerstein)