It's official: I'm a nerd. Last night I had a dream about the First Amendment. I was approached by the man who was representing the religious groups from the Free Exercise issue, just days before the Supreme Court case which would decide the case. He presented a series of persuasive arguments, to which I played the role of devil's advocate. His arguments were solid, and he was confident that he would win the case.
I then went to a museum where I started a conversation with a stranger, who, it turned out, happened to be the lawyer representing the opposition in the same case. He also presented his arguments to me, and I revised my role as devil's advocate. Again, the arguments were strong and he was extremely confident that the result would be in his favor.
In my conversation with the second man I recognized a solid ground for compromise, which I'm sure in reality was completely content-less, but it fit precisely in the strange logic of dreams.* I had not revealed my earlier conversation to the second man, but had worked out a plan in which I could suggest the compromise to both and then arrange a meeting so that they could go into the Court as a unified force, solving, once and for all, any conflict between Free Exercise of Religion and legitimate governmental policies.
Of course, the Supreme Court never had the good fortune of hearing my idea because just as I was about to introduce the two men to each other I was woken by both a ringing phone and blaring alarm clock (which actually both went off simultaneously).
And I was really really really sad that I didn't get to witness their conversation.
Bonus points to anyone who can tell me the title reference. Double bonus to anyone who gets the song.
*The phrase "strange logic of dreams" is one of my favorite. I don't know that it is copyrightable, but if it is, I claim it. (I don't know of anywhere outside my body of work that it has ever appeared). All the same, use it freely.
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