Sherwood Daydreams

--The Sherwood Scroll, "A Monthly Civic Newspaper presented by the Robin Hood Festival Association," September 1976

It seems there is no idea older or more worldwide than that life can be better. Consider the Egyptians. Their attachment to the Better Life was so strong they seem to have had very little concern for "This Life" at all. The conviction among them was that beautiful gardens and easy farming lay just beyond the limits of the five senses. There was a mirror image of this world just beyond our reach, they believed, and it was perfect in every detail. Once you got there, there was no more working for a living. Now, one can imagine, if a drought were to continue in some part of the world as a permanent change in the climate, that a similar mystical idea could take hold even today. As the song says, "You don't miss your water till the well runs dry." In Egypt this yearning for Eden-Lost had become an obsession which became a religion. In fact nothing survives of their civilization but those unreal-looking pyramids. No lived-in walled cities, no palaces, just those tombs and monuments. They were not built for any "practical" reason, but for this ancient Dream of theirs. From the magnificence of their labors we learn that Dreams, in spite of the small amount of brain-cell energy they require, are among the most powerful forces in the Universe. Even the gods are in awe of them: '...this is only the beginning of what they will do; and nothing they propose to do will not be impossible for them (Genesis 11:6).' It is only our confusion that destroys us.

In this town, in this State famous for its Dreamers and its Dreams (like Tom McCall and Land Use Planning for example) there may be a few who dream about the future of Sherwood. The City of Sherwood is unusual in that no freeways have been slammed through its center. At present it waits to be developed nevertheless. It will develop on its own initiative, or be developed from without by outside speculators. Its main industry for the moment is education. And education's product is, of course, Dream-power. What could be more relevant to the learning process than to encourage an active participation by young people in the town's survival? Although how this could be done is beyond me.

Copyright 2005 by Clyde List

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