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On the Question of Nightmares

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    On the Question of Nightmares Do you remember your dreams? Alien landscapes . . . alien skylines . . . Everyone has them we have scientific evidence And
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      On the Question of Nightmares

      Do you remember your dreams?
      Alien landscapes . . .
      alien skylines . . .
      Everyone has them
      we have scientific evidence
      And who can argue with that.

      I wonder why we don't remember dreams?
      Think about it
      In this dangerous world
      Crawling with things sporting big teeth
      nasty claws
      and hungry guts
      we close our eyes every night
      to dream
      And then we throw the dreams away . . .
      It seems strangely wasteful,
      somehow contrary to the economy
      We typically see in nature.

      But then consider the bones
      Your femur for instance.
      Was it lathed for you
      and inserted at your time of
      manufacture?
      No it grew
      and it grew into a thing
      Of exquisite beauty
      in both form and function.
      In fact your femur isn't finished yet.
      In every moment your bones
      are reshaped anew.
      This is the result of two processes
      two functions
      that at first
      seem to be in opposition
      Not unlike volcanos and
      rivers.
      Through out your skeletal system
      Tiny osteoblasts are eating away
      at your load carrying bones.
      You might think that this
      would weaken the bone
      And it does.
      Now the bones are mostly
      calcium crystal matrices
      That generate piezoelectric signals
      wherever the bone tissue is stressed.
      Osteoplasts are activated by this signal
      And deposit fresh bone tissue
      in the stressed area.
      This is why astronauts
      suffer calcium loss in space.
      There is no stress on their bones
      and no piezoelectric activity
      To activate the osteoplasts.
      Meanwhile the osteoblasts are
      still at work.
      It may sound wasteful at first
      But how else are you going to get
      bones that are strong enough
      And yet light enough?

      Perhaps something similar
      occurs in our mind.
      Could pleasant dreams
      build up some kind of psychic humor
      And nightmares scrape away
      the unnecessary parts?
      Stranger things
      are known . . .



      Quixotic as ever

      William C. Burns, Jr.
      matrix437@...


      Be careful of the questions you ask
      you might just get the real answer
      Be careful of the wishes you make
      they might just come to pass . . .
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