Friday, September 09, 2005
An important question
Skepticus: Yes, a dream about playing games. That is what is so strange.
Prudence: What is so strange about that? Surely the strangeness lies in the fact that they were playing unconscious games, and that they vanished as soon as they realized what they were doing.
S: Oh, that is strange, I grant you. But it is just the kind of strangeness you expect a dream to have. There is, however, another, and, so to say, prior strangeness which must be fathomed before we can begin to fathom the strangeness of the dream itself.
P: What on earth are you talking about, Skepticus?
S: I am saying that there is a question we have to answer before we can solve the puzzle of the dream.
P: What question?
S: This question: Why were the creatures in the Grasshopper's dream playing games instead of the trombone?
Source: Bernard Suits, The Grasshopper: Games, Life and Utopia, p. 15.