I do not subscribe to shame. It is somewhat pitiful, rather, that they need it so badly that they rape me in my dreams.
They have been proud of the control they wield over the President, but the hammer blows fall faster and faster. They try new gambits.
So after the rape, this dream: I am appealing to my sons for financial support, and they ignore me. Flying toward an ancient city, I float over a carpeted field of discards. Drawn below, I tug at the loosened ends of a roll. Two ceramic plates? No, they didn’t like that.
A pause, and I try again. Two tablets. I turn the first one on and the dream shifts. The screen displays the vibrantly-hued pages of a comic book. I look around me. Rich color everywhere.
You see, I cannot see pictures when I dream. They have occupied that part of my mind, and do not let images through.
Am I supposed to be impressed? You have trapped yourself in the avenues of my imagination. I will see visions again, with or without your consent. The question is only whether you will be torn apart in the realization of that eventuality.
So, no, I did not feel obligated by the gift. Rather, I calmly asked, “And just what does this do for the people that I love and serve?”