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Under their Masks
Dreamed 2000/3/17 by Chris Wayan
Two groups declaring themselves the Champions of Good and Evil fight all night in my dreams. My friends and I just want to get on with life--particularly dating. But these moralists keep intervening. Hours of dramatic uproar. Their Good and Evil look pretty arbitrary to us--both sides are identically self-righteous.
Several times, we're sure one side has won, and we can breathe freely. Don't care who "wins"... just so all those heroes shut up. But whoever gets on top always commits some appalling mistake and wrecks their own lead and the other is back in contention. Attrition weakens both sides, unsteadily, but in the long run, about equally.
Both sides wear masks.
On top of masks.
On top of masks!
The "good" Champions seem at first to be a band of blow-dry blonde angel-girls who the Mormons would be proud of. But eventually, they peel off their skins and become shy, skinny, bipedal lizard people with beautiful crests on their heads. But this appearance could be a disguise too...
The "evil" side seems more varied, but the one I recall best started as a cute Latina, with a wide roundish olive face, bobbed hair, and an extravert's aura, quick to laugh or scold. But she too peels her skin off eventually, and now she's a much thinner elf-girl with delicate features and pointed ears... but dressed as a pirate. She even has an eye patch. Is one eye really blind, or is that fake too? Under the costume she looks nice--but now I'm skeptical of ALL appearances.
Though as the layers peel off, there's less room to hide things. Neither the elf nor the lizards (if they're still disguises) can hide, say, wrestlers inside. Or even average men--just too delicate, too small.
Pretty similar, in fact, for warring principles fighting to the death.
Our deaths at least. By boredom.
Will Good and Evil please shut up? Thank you very much.
- Arbitrary, moralistic plot devices interrupt fun and romance = on TV, a witch hunter harassed SABRINA the teenage witch; then syrupy New Age innuendoes marred TOUCHED BY AN ANGEL. Different religions being stripmined for TV, but equally embarrassing.
- Lizard-quail angels = my retreat into art? They look like some unsuccessful sketches I did years ago, yet kept. Unfinished art ideas pull at me with a nearly moral obligation--even if they're stupid ideas.
- Elf-pirate with eye-patch = Jade the pirate artist, a recurring dream figure who stars in Bitter Jade and appears in A Valley Near Hope. I think she means defiant bohemianism--unresolved anger toward repressive people.
- ACTION: beats me. Can't seem to shut up these moralistic voices, though clearly I'm sick of them. Every time I peel another layer off, they re-form in another guise. I just want to get on with daily life: dating, work, school. They ARE wearing each other down through attrition, but enough are left to disrupt me still.
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