Everybody’s having their weird dreams lately.

The other day, I woke up and saw a rather long SMS from Alejandro:

Had a really weird dream. In it, my father was Severus Snape, my mother was Miriam Defensor-Santiago, my nanny was Mae West, and we had Jeeves the Butler as our… well… butler. You can just imagine the conversation. Oh plus throw in a couple of huge iguanas for pets. One scarlet, the other black and white. Weird. I should really stop watching youtube before bedtime.

I replied that with a family like that, their dinner conversations should be really lively. Alejandro answered that with how the real-life conversations of his family is like, he’s not really inclined to pump up the weirdness factor.

Senator Miriam Defensor Santiago

Speaking of weird, Bern also sent this SMS just as I was about to sleep that morning:

From Mhai: Bernbern, bahay ka na? Help. Na-lock ako sa loob ng bahay. Hehe. Nakalimutan ko kasi yung susi ko tapos pinabaklas ko kina kuya yung knob. Nung clinose ko na door, lock na ko sa loob. Di ko makalabas.

Bern, are you home? Help. I got locked in the house. Hehe. I forgot my keys so I had the door busted open by the maintenance guys. When I closed the door, I was locked inside. I can’t get out.

I went down to Mhai’s apartment to see how she was. It turned out that while the maintenance guy removed the knob, he did not remove the bolt for the door’s lock. When the door closed, the bolt got stuck and I had to pull it out of its slot so that the door could open.

Mhai was already rattled and close to panicking because she was alone in the apartment. After we got the door opened, I asked her why she didn’t call us instead of having the door forcibly opened; after all, she gave us a spare key. But she’d rather have the doorknob taken out than bother us, even as I tried to explain that Bern and I agreeing to keep a spare key also meant that she could definitely bother us if she needed it.

That same morning, I also left my wallet in the office. I found out about it just when I arrived at our building and had to call Leo to go down and pay for my cab. It seemed like a small wave of craziness had spread around many people that day.

When I woke up, there was an SMS from Miguel about Stephen Hawking appearing in his dream.

So soon after I woke up, my mind was already in the gutter.

Miguel: Why am I answering a math equation in front of Stephen Hawking in my dream?
Me: That’s like giving him a blowjob.
Miguel: I could just imagine his robotic voice moaning.

Not the subtlest nor the wittiest reply from me, that one.

Dream within a dream within a dream within…

Recursive dreams are particularly disturbing. After all, when one finds himself in an unpleasant dream, one could forcibly wake up. Except that one does not expect to wake up into yet another dream.

How my dream started was sinister enough: I knew I was suffocating. Something or someone was smothering me in bed and I was trying to fight them off. There was not anything on top of me that I could see or maybe what was suffocating me was invisible. Because I could see myself from the outside, I knew I was dreaming.

I forced myself to wake up, failing several times and causing me to panic. When I finally did, I sensed that I merely ended up in another dream. Nothing has happening yet; but the environment felt so surreal, I had to get out of it.

I passed through several layers of dreams, possibly waking into a deeper level of dream every time. And then I passed through what I thought was proper waking, seeing the room where I was sleeping in and looking at the other employees sleeping in the office’s sleep room.

Everything started to burn and melt and I realized I was still dreaming. For a few horrible moments, I thought I was trapped indefinitely in recursive dreams, like a character in an early issue of The Sandman.

Still, I forced myself to wake up, and I woke up for real. I think.

I hope.

Recursive dreams are particularly disturbing. After all, when one finds himself in an unpleasant dream, one could forcibly wake up…

Reimagining ‘The Sound of Music’.

Pretini by Mario Giacomelli

I was pretty sure my dream was not like ‘The Sound of Music‘. It only felt like that when I woke up, with the association to the musical overlapping and replacing the details of the dream.

Imagine if the character of Maria was not a postulant, but a seminarian. A young, attractive seminarian but with the same carefree attitude, frolicking in the hills and singing. The would mean the rest of the nuns will also have a gender-switch, with the convent transforming into a seminary.

But, the rest of the characters retained their gender: Instead of Liesl, the male ‘Maria’ would have more interaction with Friedrich, the eldest male child. And Captain von Trapp was still a big burly father with a moustache, like the World Masterpiece Theater adaptation. Oh, yaoi fangirls probably have made several juicy scenes out of that pairing.

Thing is, I could easily picture the musical in my head with a male ‘Maria’ and it works. The gender-switch adds even more drama to the love story because — well, because.

Although I have to admit that changing ‘Maria’ to ‘Mario’ doesn’t really work, even in my head. A bigger problem would be how the priests in the seminary would accept ‘Maria’ falling for the captain without straining incredulity. However, a priest-counterpart of the Mother Superior singing ‘Climb Every Mountain’ will probably send chills down my spine.

The Pope says gay marriage is a threat to the ‘future of humanity’. He needs another wind lashing.

Apologies to those still enjoying their breakfast. News like this is sure to ruin one’s day.

Pope Benedict XVI said on Monday that gay marriage was one of several threats to the traditional family that undermined “the future of humanity itself”.

The pope made some of his strongest comments against gay marriage in a new year address to the diplomatic corps accredited to the Vatican in which he touched on some economic and social issues facing the world today.

He told diplomats from nearly 180 countries that the education of children needed proper “settings” and that “pride of place goes to the family, based on the marriage of a man and a woman.”

“This is not a simple social convention, but rather the fundamental cell of every society. Consequently, policies which undermine the family threaten human dignity and the future of humanity itself,” he said.

The traditional family the Pope was referring to is likely a nuclear family (i.e., mother, father and children), which is a rather modern concept and, until recently, was not the standard family unit recognized in Western societies. It’s not as traditional as people might think. Extended families are much more common in most of human history, and even now is still adapted in many cultures.

How families are composed have evolved throughout history because of changes in how human civilizations lived. Gay marriage, rather than a threat to the future of families, merely adds a new dimension to the already varied types of families existing today.

Research has already shown that being raised by gay parents is no worse than straight parents and may actually be better than being raised by a single parent. So what is this threat to human dignity the Pope is talking about?

There doesn’t seem to be any argument to gay marriage that amounts to more than “because we’ve never had it before”. If humans consistently stopped themselves from trying out things they never did before, we would still be living in caves.

War is a threat to the future of humanity. So are untreatable diseases, destruction of the environment, and overpopulation. But gay marriage? Methinks the Pope needs another strong gust of wind. I doubt that will make him change his mind, but it will still cheer me up immensely.

Pope Benedict XVI is scary.

Pope Benedict XVI: Gay Marriage A Threat To ‘Future Of Humanity’