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What does it mean to be an idealistic dreamer?

Asked by partyrock (3863 points ) December 23rd, 2012

What does it mean to be an idealist dreamer? In your view?

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Self_Consuming_Cannibal's avatar

To believe that you can actually achieve your dreams no matter how impossible they may seem. Just like Pinocchio wanted to be a real boy and just like I don’t want to grow up.

pleiades's avatar

I think it means the realities of the idealistic dreamer are harsh. So all they have left is to be an idealistic dreamer. One who would like things to be one way but are not yet in that state of mind of actuality. As it pertains to psychology, I would say an idealistic dreamer is one who is constantly projecting how things should be, yet never achieve these goals.

Shippy's avatar

Idealistic would imply that they are not realistic. To be a dreamer could mean a lot of things, could mean we phase out and don’t like reality, could mean we survive on our dreams and don’t live a real life. It could also mean we have a goal. If a dream is turned into a goal, it could turn into reality. To live our dreams in reality means perfect authenticity.

Bill1939's avatar

I think that I may be an idealistic dreamer. Sometimes I like to imagine what life could be in an ideal world, an utopian society. My fantasies do not envision a technological future of flying cars and virtual media experiences. Instead I imagine that people have risen above their instinctive animal natures and, having become conscious of their interconnection with all of creation, care as much about others as they do themselves. Given that human nature seems to have remained consistent since the dawn of civilization, such hope for the future makes me an idealistic dreamer.

hearkat's avatar

My idealism is much like @Bill1939‘s and as beautifully expressed in John Lennon’s song, Imagine. It means that one can picture an ideal world (hence the word ideal- ism), and dreams about that existing one day. The phrase can be used for someone who is na├»ve, and has not yet dealt with the harsh realities that most in the world face daily.

Adirondackwannabe's avatar

An idealistic dreamer puts reality out of their thoughts for a bit and dreams about their ideas of perfection or nirvana. Nothing wrong with it, as long as you can come back to reality. It’s probably a great way to look at things now and then. It’s a little escapism, just like movies, etc. Just don’t let it take over everything.

jerv's avatar

To me, it means to ignore reality in favor of a utopian fantasy. For instance, lately a lot of people think that outlawing guns will prevent another Sandy Hook; those people are idealistic dreamers.

pleiades's avatar

Perfect example by @jerv

rojo's avatar

True, and some people think making the US into a police state will solve the problem so who are the dreamers?

jerv's avatar

@rojo And many who claim that people are trying to turn us into a police state are themselves trying to turn us into a Church-state. C’est la vie :/

Adirondackwannabe's avatar

I’m wondering why this thread took this turn. I doubt the OP meant it this way.

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