In the book Columbus and other Cannibals, indigenous author Jack D. Forbes lucidly explores a psychological disease that has been informing human self-destructive behavior that Native American people have known about for years.
After reading his book, it was clear to me that he was describing the same psycho-spiritual disease of the soul that I wrote about in my book, The Madness of George W. Bush - A Reflection of our Collective Psychosis. I introduce the idea that from the dawn of human history our species has fallen prey to a collective psychosis which I call malignant egophrenia.
Speaking about this very same psychic epidemic, Forbes writes,
Indigenous people have been tracking the same "psychic" [ii] virus that I call malignant egophrenia for many centuries and calling it "wetiko," a Cree term which refers to a diabolically wicked person or spirit who terrorizes others.
Professor Forbes, who was one of the founders of the Native American movement during the early sixties, says,
Wetiko/malignant egophrenia is a "psychosis" in the true sense of the word as being a "sickness of the soul or spirit."
Though calling it by different names, Forbes
and I are both pointing at the same illness of the psyche, soul and
spirit that has been at the root of humanity's inhumanity to itself.
Due to its unique psychic origin, the epidemiology of wetiko is different than any other disease. An intrinsic challenge to our investigation of the wetiko virus is that it is incarnating in the very psyche which itself is the means of our investigation.
Aware of this conundrum, Forbes explains that he is attempting to examine the disease,
If we are not aware of the frame of reference through which we are examining the wetiko virus, our investigation will be tainted by the disease, obscuring the clear vision needed to start the healing process.
Studying how wetiko disease manifests in others, as well as in the "other" part of ourselves, will help us to see "it" more objectively.
psychological disease manifesting in the world is the looking glass
through which we can potentially recognize this same illness as it
arises subjectively within our own minds.
This ensures that its mercurial spirit doesn't vaporize back into the invisibility of the unconscious, where it would act itself out through us. Jung continually emphasized the importance of developing a container or vessel in which to catch troublesome spirits like wetiko.
Wetiko is an elusive spirit that is challenging to pin down and say it is "this" or "that."
At the same time, it is critical that we attempt to delineate its properties. Unlike a physical virus, the wetiko bug can not be isolated materially, but its characteristic signature can be detected and seen in the peculiar operations of a psyche that is under its spell.
To not recognize the existence of the wetiko germ - "to say it doesn't exist" - allows the psychic infection to act itself out unrestrained.
Being "always somewhere" is to be nonlocal, which means that it is always around, even potentially, or especially, within ourselves. In calling forth the wetiko spirit, we are simultaneously creating, through our inquiry itself, the container in which we can study this bug so as to understand what in fact we are dealing with, see how it operates out in the world, in others, and subjectively, within ourselves.
In order to come full circle in our contemplative exercise/exorcise, we have to homeopathically take our contemplation back within ourselves.
As if in a dream where the inner is the outer, we can recognize that the wetiko virus that we have been tracking "out there," outside of ourselves, is a reflection of and co-related to the same process within ourselves.
Encoded in wetiko's symptomology is a revelation, something that is
most important for us to know.
To quote Forbes,
The unsustainable nature of industrial civilization is based on, and increasingly requires violence to maintain itself. Genuine "civilization," in essence, means not killing people.
Referring to the lack of "civility" in modern society, Gandhi was asked what he thought of Western civilization and responded by saying,
It makes sense that native people would know about malignant egophrenia, as they were both oppressed by, but weren't, at least initially, under the "curse" of modern civilization.
Being under the sway of modern civilization can feel like something foreign to our nature is being imposed upon us, as if we are living in an occupied land.
Modern civilization suffers from the overly one-sided dominance of the rational, intellectual mind, a one-sidedness that seemingly dis-connects us from nature, from empathy, and from ourselves. Due to its disassociation from the whole, wetiko is a disturber of the peace of humanity and the natural world, a sickness which spawns aggression and is capable of inciting violence amongst living beings. The wetiko virus is the root cause of the inhumanity in human nature, or shall we say, our seemingly inhuman nature.
This "psychic virus," a
"bug" in "the system," in-forms and animates the madness of
so-called civilization, which, in a self-perpetuating feedback loop
feeds the madness within ourselves.
We, as a species, are in the midst of a massive psychic epidemic, a virulent collective psychosis that has been brewing in the cauldron of humanity's psyche from the beginning of time.
Like a fractal, wetiko operates on multiple dimensions simultaneously - intra-personally (within individuals), inter-personally (between ourselves), as well as collectively (as a species).
Those afflicted with wetiko, like a cannibal, consume the life-force of others - human and nonhuman - for private purpose or profit, and do so without giving back something from their own lives.
One example that symbolizes our self-destructive, collective madness is the oil companies' destruction of the Amazonian rainforest, the lungs of our planet. This is literally a full-bodied revelation showing us what we are doing to ourselves.
Another literal example that is symbolically illustrating the wetiko complex in action is Monsanto genetically engineering terminator seeds that do not reproduce a second generation, thus forcing farmers to buy new seeds from Monsanto for each year's new crop.
This makes survival for many poor farmers
impossible, which has triggered a wave of suicides among farmers, as
Monsanto grows richer from the process.
Predators, "full-blown" wetikos are not in touch with their own humanity, and therefore can't see the humanity in others.
Instead, they relate to others either as potential prey or as a threat to their dominance. As if a different breed who is more animal-like predator than ordinary human being, someone fully taken over by the wetiko psychosis consumes others' lives, physically, emotionally, psychically and meta-physically, beyond just the material body and physical possessions to the level of meaning itself.
Wetikos are the "anti-artists" of our culture,
embodying the opposite of what creative artists do. Unlike an artist
(see "The Artist as Healer of the World"), who
creates life-enhancing meaning and enriches the world without
robbing others, a wetiko takes and consumes without giving anything
back, continually draining and impoverishing the planet of
Many of us don't even realize this, as our collective insanity is so pervasive that it has become normalized. Our collective madness has become transparent to us, as we see and interpret the world through it, rendering our madness invisible, thereby unwittingly colluding with the collective psychosis that is wreaking incredible death and destruction on our planet.
Being "trans-parent," our madness is beyond its mere appearance, which is to say, "beyond being apparent," i.e., not visible.
Our collective psychosis is invisible
to us, as it expresses itself both in the very way we are looking,
as well as all of the unspoken ways we have been conditioned not to
perceive. Due to its cloak of invisibility, we don't see our
madness, a psychic blindness which makes us complicit in the
creation of our madness.
In our psychic blindness we are complicit in the spreading of the evil of the wetiko psychosis, a systematic evil whose depth is beyond the capacity of words to fully describe. Evil paralyzes the ability to language our experience, creating a seemingly unbridgeable gap between language and the event it is supposed to describe.
that place of no words, we simultaneously discover and create a new
language, a language which is universal and transcends language
itself, a language known as art.
The wetiko germ is a psychic tapeworm, a parasite of the mind.
Just like certain computer viruses or malware infect and program a computer to self-destruct, mind-viruses like wetiko can program the human bio-computer to think, believe and behave in ways that result in our self-destruction. Wetiko is a virulent, psychic pathogen that insinuates thought-forms into our mind which, when unconsciously en-acted, feed it, and ultimately kills its host (us).
It doesn't want to kill us too quickly however,
for to successfully implement its agenda of reproducing and
propagating itself throughout the field, it must let the host live
long enough to spread the virus. If the host dies too soon, the bug
would be prematurely evicted and would suffer the inconvenience of
having to find a new residence.
The personality then self-organizes an outer display of coherence around this pathogenic core, which "masks" the inner dysfunction, making it hard to recognize. In a psychic coup d'etat, the wetiko bug can usurp and displace the person, who becomes its puppet and marionette. Like a parasite, the wetiko virus can take over the will of an animal more evolved than itself, enlisting that creature into serving its nefarious agenda.
Once the parasite becomes sufficiently entrenched within the psyche, the prime directive coordinating a person's behavior comes from the disease, as it is now the one calling the shots. Just as someone infected with the rabies virus will resist drinking water, which would flush out the infection, someone taken over by the wetiko parasite will have nothing to do with anything that will help them get rid of the disease.
Wetikos are phobic towards the light of truth, which they avoid like the plague. In advanced stages, this process takes over the person so completely that we could rightfully say the person is no longer there; they are just an empty shell carrying the disease. In a sense there is just the disease, operating through what appears to be a human being.
The person becomes fully identified with their
mask, their persona, but it is as if there is no one behind the
Don Juan explains,
This sounds just like the state of affairs being pointed at in the Bible when, for example, The Gospel of John refers to the devil as "the ruler of this world" (14:30; 16:11), and Paul speaks of Satan as "the god of this world" (Cor. 4:4).
The Gnostic Gospel of Phillip, talking about the root of evil that lies within all of us, makes the similar point that unless this evil is recognized,
Speaking about the predator, Don Juan continues,
It is striking how Don Juan's description of the effects of these predators is being enacted in our increasingly militarized society, as our freedoms and liberties get taken away step by step.
It is as if an inner, invisible state
of affairs existing as a yet unrealized archetypal pattern deep
within the soul of humanity is revealing itself by materializing in,
as, and through the outside world.
Don Juan is referring to an "energetic fact" that I imagine most of us can relate to; i.e., there is "something" within us that stops us from expressing our true creative genius and attaining our full potential.
These predators are "time-bandits," consuming the precious hours of our lives, as if we are wage-slaves on a prison-planet "doing time."
Deepening his description of these predators, Don Juan elaborates,
The wetiko virus particularly flourishes in overpopulated cities, where people are "coop-ed up."
When we buy
into group-think and are enlisted as a member of the herd, we become
like sheep that are being led over the edge of a cliff, or cattle
that are being raised to be slaughtered.
It is as if these predators are in competition with us for a "share" of our own mind.
The predator shape-shifts and assumes our form, and if we are unaware of its masquerade, we will identify with its invasive thought-forms as if they are our own, and act them out. We will mistakenly believe that we are acting on our own impulses, with our best interests in mind.
This predator, Don Juan continues,
The wetiko predator has an inner necessity, a brute compulsion born out of terror, as it continually has to feed itself so as to postpone its ever-approaching death.
Don Juan continues,
Cloaking itself in our form, this predator gets under our skin and "puts us on" as a disguise, fooling us to "buy" into its false version of who we are. (This is why the shortened name of Malignant Egophrenia is "ME disease," referring to a distortion of our identity, i.e., our sense of "me"-ness).
of being in our power and serving ourselves, we "unwittingly" (which
means to be "out of our wits," i.e., not in our "right" mind) become
the servant of the predator. Instead of being a sovereign being who
is creating with our own thoughts, we will then be created by them,
as the predator literally thinks in our place. It is as if the
predator is sitting in our seat.
It is as if there is an alien "other," an extraterrestrial, metaphysical entity which is subliminally intruding its mind into ours in such a way that we identify with its point of view and dis-connect from our own.
Don Juan refers to this situation as a "foreign installation," as if some alien race has set up a space station inside of our minds. This is exactly what the Gnostics - the ones who "know" - are pointing at when they talk about alien predators called "Archons" who infiltrate and subvert the workings of our mind. [xx]
To the extent that we are not conscious of this alien take over of our psyche, we become drafted into the predator's sinister agenda, unwittingly becoming its slaves. This state of inner, psychological warfare is mirrored by the sinister psy-ops (psychological operations) being instituted by the powers-that-be in the outside world.
The disease feeds on our
unawareness of it.
The wetiko psychosis takes people down, period.
Werewolves and vampires are shape-shifting creatures, symbolic representations of the horrific potential within all of us to be taken over by and act out the archetypal shadow, regressing to an archaic level of the psyche and become like a predatory animal or nonhuman creature.
When these not-yet-humanized psychic energies break through into consciousness and are not mediated through consciousness, Jung writes,
Vampires, considered to be the darkest creature of evil's arsenal, have haunted our imagination for ages, as they are representatives of a living process that exists deep within the human psyche.
A vampire is not a human figure, but rather, is a soulless creature, a being who has lost its soul; or if it hasn't lost its soul, its soul has been "damned," which is a soul that is lost. Either way, there's something missing. Isolated from the world, it has lost any connection with the part of itself that is related to everything else; from its point of view, the world exists simply for its use.
Although it has lost connection with its heart and soul, a vampire hasn't lost its mind (though in one sense it has), as vampires often have clever and incisive intellects that cloak their pathology, making their disease hard to see. This is similar to how people in a deep state of trauma can have brilliant minds as well, a gift that can hide the extent of their trauma, making their malady hard to recognize.
The sharpness of the
vampire's mind, instead of being devoted to gaining insight into
their malady and healing from it, however, is used for the "passing
on" and propagation of their dark art.
The wetiko virus is ultimately not a living life-form, but rather, a living form of death. Wetiko, like a virus, is "dead" matter; it is only in a living creature that viruses acquires a "quasi-life." Members of the living dead, vampires are neither truly alive, nor truly dead. Like a full-fledged vampire, "full-blown" wetikos have forfeited their humanity, becoming a conduit for the impersonal, transpersonal and depersonalizing wetiko virus to incarnate through them.
They are a living portal, an opening in the third-dimensional
fabric of space/time through which this contagious, virulent
higher-dimensional virus can spread itself throughout the field,
both locally and nonlocally.
A full-fledged wetiko has become a robotic automaton, conditioned to react to certain stimuli like a reflex.
They have become part of "the machine," with no spontaneity, creativity, originality, nor free thinking programmed in. De-humanized, wetikos have lost touch with any sense of aesthetics, of appreciating the inherent beauty of life, and have become "an-aesthetic," i.e., anesthetized and numb to what it is to be a human being.
Emissaries of an authoritarian, militarized, patriarchal planetary "culture," the wetiko bug breeds fascism, and terror.
To quote the great healer Wilhelm Reich,
Fascism is the outer, collective
political expression of an individual's ravaged inner landscape that
has been crippled and suppressed by the authoritarian civilization
of "the machine."
Full-blown wetikos are empty to the core, so there is nothing to reflect. Inwardly there is just an infinite void, a sponge that can never be saturated, a devouring black hole that is feeding on the universe. Their atrophied soul has been emptied out like a piece of wood hollowed out by psychic termites. Full-blown wetikos are so compulsively possessed by and identical with the unconscious in its destructive, consciousness-negating form that they are not able to see nor think about themselves, which philosopher Hannah Arendt claims is one of the primary characteristics of evil.
Unable to self-reflect, they can no longer
access within themselves the faculty of the psyche from which such
activity derives. One of the reasons we can't see a vampire's
reflection in a mirror, however, is because our own inner,
unconscious vampire obscures the reflection, which is to say that
the unacknowledged specter of our own shadow gets in the way.
Not being a living being, a vampire has no inherent reality, no substance. Only a thing of substantial existence can produce a shadow. Vampires can't cast a shadow, however, because they are the living embodiment of and identical with the archetypal shadow. A shadow casts no shadow of itself, as the shadow itself has no substance.
There are benefits that accrue to the vampire because of its ability to not cast a shadow - it is then easier for the vampire to hide its true identity, move in the hidden shadows, become invisible, and be able to prey on people. Not casting a shadow, the vampire, a shape-shifter who is a master of camouflage and disguise, is able to easily seduce and entice the unaware, as sugar-coated vampires entrap us through our unconscious shadow and blind-spots. This is to say that the loss and dis-owning of our shadow can lead to vampirism.
The vampire archetype gets activated
within us when we turn our backs on our own darkness, rendering our
shadow invisible to ourselves. We can't see vampires because we have
chosen not to see those aspects of ourselves that are most like the
vampire. Our reluctance to see our own vampiric qualities blinds us
to the vampiric energies in others.
These individuals are in an energetically sensitive and "charged" condition, and their openness and vulnerability invites the vampiric entities to help themselves and gorge on the light of their expanding awareness. The strategy of these predators is to distract us so as to keep our attention directed outwards, thereby stopping us from finding the light within ourselves, which would "kill" the vampires.
If we hold up a mirror and reflect back the insanity being exhibited by those stricken by the wetiko psychosis, we run the very real risk of being accused of being the ones who are crazy.
If we do manage to connect with the light within ourselves and try to share it with others, these nonlocal vampiric entities (what I have in previous articles called "nonlocal demons," or NLD for short), not bound by the third-dimensional laws of space and time, will try, via their "connections" to the nonlocal field, to stop us by influencing other people to turn against us.
This process can destroy us, or, if we have the meta-awareness to see what is happening and are able to skillfully navigate our way through, can serve to further strengthen our intention, deepen our connection with the light of lucidity, hone our skill of creatively transmitting our realizations, and cultivate more open-hearted compassion.
It is as if these psychic,
nonlocal vampires are guardians of the threshold of evolution.
Wetikos are what are called "psychophagic," i.e., soul-eaters.
Savaged by the ferocity of their unending hunger, full-blown wetikos have become possessed by an insatiable craving that can never be filled. This vampiric feeding is an unholy parody, a satanic reflection, of the self-renewal of life. This perverse inner process is mirrored collectively by the consumer society in which we live, a culture that continually fans the flames of never-ending desires, conditioning us to always want MORE.
As if starving, we are in an
endless feeding frenzy, trying to fill a bottomless void. This
process of rabid, obsessive/compulsive consumption is a reflection
of a deeper, inner shared sense of spiritual starvation. The entity
of the global economic system itself is a living symbol of
out-of-control wetiko disease "in business."
A virus can't replicate itself, however; it has to use some other vehicle as its means of reproducing itself. They need us to be their birthing chamber. To the extent we are not aware of their ploy, these higher-dimensional spirit parasites put us on, wearing us like their third-dimensional space suits. These psychic vampires are compelled to replicate themselves through us so that we can then "pass on" and transmit the bug to others.
This process is analogous to when
someone is infected with the rabies virus. In advanced stages of the
disease, like a rabid animal they will be taken over by the
irresistible urge to bite other creatures so as to pass on the
virus. People taken over by the rabies virus are a living, frothing
symbol of what the wetiko virus does in its full-blown virulent
It is through the traumatic shattering of our wholeness that wetiko passes its fractured logic and distorted code into the body/mind of another.
As if under a curse, our species has been suffering from a collective, inherited form of PTSD (Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder). Remaking their victims in their own image, the wetikos' victims join the legion of the "damned," themselves becoming holders of an unholy lineage.
This "curse" will continue
until we intervene in the spreading of this vampiric mind-parasite,
and the chain of never-ending abuse is stopped.
Wetiko psychosis is highly contagious, spreading through the channel of our shared unconsciousness.
Its vectors of infection and propagation do not travel like a physical pathogen. This fluidly moving, nomadically wandering bug reciprocally reinforces, feeds off of and into each of our unconscious blind-spots, which is how it nonlocally propagates itself throughout the field. In wetiko there is a code or logic which affects/infects awareness in an analogous way to how the DNA in a virus passes into and infects a cell.
People who are channeling the vibratory frequency of wetiko align with each other through psychic resonance to reinforce their shared agreement so as to uphold their deranged view of reality. Collaboratively supporting their mutual psychosis, groups of people drawn together by the unconscious can potentially become a socio-political force with which to be reckoned.
When a group of people are in agreement about
anything, whether it is true or not, their alignment with each other
exerts a contagious, magnetic field-of-force which can sway and
attract the unaware into itself.
When someone is a full-blown, unrecognized wetiko, the field around them torques so as to protect, collude with, and feed into their psychosis in a way that en-trances everyone around them.
Once under the wetiko spell, they lose the capacity to recognize the wetiko pathology in others. In a situation of "group narcissism," wetikos at different stages of the disease assume particular postures and roles relative to each other so as to protect and shield themselves from their own insanity and darkness. They feed and reinforce each others' narcissism because it enhances their own.
Speaking about the type of person who is typically susceptible to fall prey to the wetiko virus, Forbes writes that it is usually the individual,
Not in touch with their inner guidance, they project authority outside of themselves, and become very suggestible to the consensus, agreed-upon opinion of the dominant pack.
Losing touch with their own discernment and ability for critical thinking, the "mass man" becomes part of the mindless herd and falls prey to "group-think," whose members co-dependently enable each other to uphold their shared version of the (wetiko) world.
Their group consensus about the nature of reality gets increasingly harder to sustain as time passes, however, as, like a house of cards ready to collapse at any moment, their vision of the world is based on the fundamental error of not being true. Strangely enough, people under the collective enchantment of wetiko become fanatically attached to supporting an agenda that oftentimes is diametrically opposed to serving their own best interest.
This is an outer
reflection of the inner state of being under the sway of the
self-destructive wetiko parasite.
As is true for
any of us when we are taken over by something other than ourselves,
carriers of wetiko don't know how possessed they are at any given
moment. The experience of being taken over by something more
powerful than themselves always happens in their blind spot (see "Are We Possessed?").
The alien, and alienating, effect of the wetiko virus, the very thing we need to see, is disguised by the way we think, perceive, and give meaning to our experience.
When someone becomes a full, card-carrying member of the cult of wetiko (see "The Bush Cult"), it is as if their mind has been colonized by the virus in such a way that they themselves don't have the slightest clue about their own pathological condition.
Wetikos don't experience themselves as needing help; for them other people are always "the problem."
They usually don't mind their disease, or
even recognize it, because it is all they know, and their leaders
and the very society they live in encourage them in it. They neither
have an appreciation of their disorder, nor do they realize how
truly sick they are.
In being "full-blown," wetikos are arrogantly puffed up with their own self-importance, i.e., "inflated." Instruments for evil, wetikos are arrogantly, ignorantly and self-righteously convinced they are in possession of the truth and working for the highest good.
It is as if they are unable to know that what they are doing is evil, unable to register their actions as anything other than good.
Wetiko culture gets taught both at home
and in "the academy," where people become "certified" in the ways of
its world, and are thus accredited and empowered to spread its
corrupting ways on ever grander scales.
All of the mainstream, culturally-sanctioned, corporatized institutions are in the business of indoctrination, telling us what to think and not think about, as well as how to think.
Our mind is continually being massaged into shape by the prevailing culture, as if our ‘true face' is being "lifted." It is as if our spiritual pockets are being picked. Our "civilization" has become the mouthpiece for the propaganda organ of the disease, entrancing us to "buy" into its viewpoint as we are bled to death of what really counts most.
The "culture" (sic) that
in-forms and forms around wetiko illness is itself a channel of its
transmission, and if we sign on the dotted line and subscribe to its
viewpoint, its life-denying culture will gradually subsume us into
itself, as we become unwitting agents doing ITS bidding. This is how
the ever-expanding, self-generating psychic empire of collective
psychosis "works," as it takes over and increasingly approaches
What Forbes refers to as "Big Wetikos," are full-blown wetikos who have climbed the wetiko ladder, jumped through the wetiko hoops, and have risen in the wetiko ranks so as to find themselves occupying positions of power where they can influence and control events in our world so as to game the system.
The Big Wetikos who control the levers of power, be they the,
...are particularly dangerous, as they define the terms of our dialogue, dominating the agreed upon historical narrative.
Managing our perceptions through the propaganda engines of the mainstream, corporate media which they control (see "The War on Consciousness"), Big Wetikos in positions of power create the limits of our conversation and debate.
Wetiko is an idealogical virus whose "currency" is the syntax of ideas. Wetiko deviates our mental syntax, i.e., the rules of how we form language, thereby distorting the semantics, the meaning we place on our experience of ourselves and the world. Wetiko is a semantic disorder, as it alters the axioms through which the psyche shapes, casts and "spells" its words, thereby conjuring up its experiences.
The thought-forms and beliefs that express and represent the wetiko virus act as an intrinsic, built-in control system, defining the limits of what we imagine our possibilities are, as individuals, nations and as a species. Wetikoism supports and perpetuates whatever prevailing myths, stories, dogmas and (un)holy books reinforce its nefarious, self-serving agenda.
Books, and other forms
of information, which don't support wetikos warped version of the
way things are, are metaphorically speaking, "burned" (or in some
cases, literally - the books of the aforementioned Wilhelm Reich,
for example, were actually burned by the United States Government.
In describing what he called "the emotional plague," Reich was in
his own way pointing at the evils of the wetiko virus).
Recognizing the dreamlike nature of our situation creates a living antibody made out of awareness itself that is custom-designed to neutralize the psychic pathogen of wetiko. This is to say that encoded within the deadly pathology of wetiko is an insight and revelation which is its own cure (see "Shadow Projection is its own Medicine").
Its own self-revelation, wetiko disease provides its own psychic medicine, but in order to receive its healing ‘benefits' we have to recognize and more deeply understand this miracle in psycho-spiritual health care. How amazing - the very thing that is potentially destroying us is at the same time waking us up. A potential catalyst for our evolution as a species, we are all co-creating and dreaming wetiko up together.
Wetiko is a truly quantum phenomenon, in that it is the deadliest poison and the most healing medicine co-joined in one superposed state.
Will wetiko kill
us? Or will it awaken us? Everything depends upon if we recognize
what it is potentially revealing to us. The prognosis for wetiko/malignant
egophrenia depends upon how we dream it.