Back in August I commented in my review ofÂ Robert Mossâ€™s new book that,
People are peopleâ€¦
The dirty little secret of theÂ human potential movement is that even if we all develop to our fullest potential, our society will still not be perfect.â€
Much to my surprise, I did not get a lot of blowback from that statement. Maybe people didnâ€™t read the review that closely, or perhaps the human potential movement has lost some of its lustreâ€”though I find that hard to believe, with our countryâ€™s obsession with self-improvement (and accompanying disregard for the real suffering of others) seemingly as dominant as ever.
InÂ The Secret History of Dreaming, Moss details the way dreams have guided people and shaped history, and the book itself is a tremendously inspiring read. But in promoting a greater engagement with our dreaming minds, he also implies that if we do so everything will be better. Of course, the â€œsecretÂ future of dreamingâ€ is outside the scope of an in-depth book on dream history, but that is what I immediately wanted to hear more about.
At the time, I thought the lack of controversy surrounding my review meant that I could set that subject aside for a while, but instead the opposite has occurred. I am increasingly curious aboutÂ Sandor Ferencziâ€™sÂ idea that â€œdreams are the workshop of evolution.â€ Great advances and cognitive leaps are being dreamed up by people all the time, but isnâ€™t it premature (or at best wishful thinking) to call that process evolution?
Are we really evolving into anything new? Or is it justÂ people, all the way down?