Academy Awards, Warner Bros. and Leonardo Di Caprio? Remember that epic dream-stealing movie called Inception? If you do, I bet you were feeling lots of things after leaving the cinema. Perhaps you were in awe by the seemingly unlimited realms of human imagination, or maybe you just felt eternally confused and didn’t quite know how
Academy Awards, Warner Bros. and Leonardo Di Caprio? Remember that epic dream-stealing movie called Inception? If you do, I bet you were feeling lots of things after leaving the cinema. Perhaps you were in awe by the seemingly unlimited realms of human imagination, or maybe you just felt eternally confused and didn’t quite know how digest it all, but let me make one daring statement: I bet you weren’t thinking about politics.
And why would you? Why would you let something so beautiful and complex be corrupted by something so boring and complicated? Why would you want to pollute a simple pleasure with such a depressing responsibility? I mean movies are about high quality acting, prestige, causing the audience to feel strongly about something and attempting to shape our present in some way or another, right? Now that’s obviously got nothing to do with politics, right? Or does it?
Let’s jump back into the movie. Remember Dom’s (Leonardo Di Caprio) two children who keep appearing in all planes of the story, both the subconscious and reality? Imagine, you were them, no, imagine you were their age. Back then it was easy to reply to the question of what you wanted to become when you’re older. An astronaut, a fire fighter, a cowboy or maybe just happy. And now? Now, you wake up on a Monday at 8am to start your weekly 9 to 5 and it all goes downhill from there. Doubts unsettle the otherwise sedated mind: Does this really fulfil me? Is this what I’m supposed to do, what I’m supposed to be?
What if money wouldn’t matter? How would you spend your present? Writing a book, painting a canvass, or maybe becoming an actor? What makes you so happy that you couldn’t imagine your life without? You think, you know where this is going. You think, I’m going to tell you to chase your dreams, but I’m not and neither was Christopher Nolan with his final scene in Inception. When the film-maker used the spinning-top puzzler at the end of the movie, he left the audience with uncertainty on purpose. He wanted to make the point that “reality and dreams do not exist in mutual isolation. “In the great tradition of these speeches [to undergraduates], generally someone says something along the lines of ‘chase your dreams’, but I don’t want to tell you that because I don’t believe that,” he said. “I want you to chase your reality.” Nolan added: “I feel that, over time, we started to view reality as the poor cousin to our dreams, in a sense … I want to make the case to you that our dreams, our virtual realities, these abstractions that we enjoy and surround ourselves with, they are subsets of reality.”
So, don’t be afraid to dream big. Your reality is only limited by the boundaries of your imagination and your inception could begin today.