I've recently taken a big shift as far as my interests are concerned. I find myself very interested in history, particularly European and Chinese history.
Whenever I read European history, I get a feeling that I was born a couple hundred years too late. I mean, I like a lot about the world we live in, but at the same time, there's so much to be said for that time period. Maybe that's just because I assume I wouldn't be one of the 95% of people for whom life would suck.
Still, I have had numerous dreams in which I was a figure from history. Like Patton in "Patton," I have the strangest feelings. When we visited Pskov and went to the battle site where Prince Alexander Nevsky fought the Teutonic Knights, I felt like I had been there before. Nine hundred years before, I was there on that battlefield. I surveyed the terrain, discussed the situation with my officers, tested the depth of the ice on the lake, and finally charged into battle with my horsemen. That has appeared in my dreams many times recently.
I have recently had a number of dreams in which I starred as Napoleon, the Duke of Wellington, Frederick the Great, Eisenhower, and Bradley. Okay, so the last two aren't hundreds of years back, but ask me if I care.
I also enjoy Chinese history for the simple fact that their entire society is completely different from everything I am used to. I find China to be a fascinating place due to the fact that all ideas that have originated are entirely different there. I would like to go there sometime to see how life is different there.
I have never imagined myself as a Chinese person, but I think that would be a fun dream. Most of the time, I envision myself fighting the Chinese. Since, realistically, I think that's what we're headed for. American and Chinese culture cannot coexist peacefully without major change.
So. My random thoughts of the day.