My friend looked wild-eyed and ghastly. "Take a deep breath, calm down and spill," I told him. And he did.
I've had those kinds of dreams before. They are terrifying. But what do they mean? Was something in my friend's life spinning out of control? "Now if it was ME having that dream," I told him, "I would know exactly what it meant. This is the perfect analogy for what is going on in Washington DC these days." My friend shrugged. I had just hijacked his dream. Humph.
"Now if it was me having that nightmare," I continued my lecture, "that steep hill would represent mankind's uphill battle to evolve into the type of human being that Jesus, Mohammad, Abraham and Buddha would be proud of. The taxi would represent our government -- the vehicle we use to get us to our urgently critical destination. And the cabbie would represent our leaders, the ones we hire to safely and efficiently drive this vehicle -- and to get us there in one piece and on time." My friend started to look interested. I added, "Here. Have some hot tea."
"Then who would the passenger person represent?" he asked.
Right now, today, at this very minute, our country is like that taxi -- out of control, blindly racing backwards, careening wildly downhill to certain destruction. And our leaders are asleep at the wheel.
When my friend flagged him down, his dream-cabbie appeared to be a competent driver. He was not. He was a fraud who hadn't even passed his road test! And like that fraudulent cabbie, we Americans have been stuck with the wrong men and women to drive our vehicle of state.
These people became our leaders, according to Rob Kall, solely because of their ability to pay for the most TV advertisements -- or, according to the GAO, because they were good at stealing elections. That is no criteria for selecting a driver. None. These people have NO LEADERSHIP SKILLS. And there are no excuses for us either. We should have taken a closer look at their badges.
But do excuses really matter when the car we are riding in is out of control and madly rushing downward toward death and destruction?
What must we do to stop this nightmare? "What did you do in your dream?" I asked my friend.
"I pushed the stupid incompetent driver out of the way and took over myself. Then I brought the taxi under control." We need to do that too.
We need to hire leaders who represent US!
And if our drivers fall asleep at the wheel and cannot get us to where WE want to go -- safely and on time -- then we need to drive our own car.