Last night I had the strangest dream


Last night I had the strangest dream. I was in a laboratory with Dr. Boas and he was talking to me and a group of other people about religion, insisting that life must have a meaning, that man couldn’t live without that. Then he made a mass of jelly-like stuff of the most beautiful blue I had ever seen — and he seemed to be asking us all what to do with it. I remember thinking it was very beautiful but wondering helplessly what it was for. People came and went making absurd suggestions. Somehow Dr. Boas tried to carry them out — but always the people went away angry, or disappointed — and finally after we’d been up all night they had all disappeared and there were just the two of us. He looked at me and said, appealingly “Touch it.” I took some of the astonishingly blue beauty in my hand, and felt with a great thrill that it was living matter. I said “Why it’s life — and that’s enough” — and he looked so pleased that I had found the answer — and said yes “It’s life and that is wonder enough.”

~ Margaret Mead, Anthropologist


Quote Source: Brain Pickings – Life Is Like Blue Jelly: Margaret Mead Discovers the Meaning of Existence in a Dream. Image: Unknown.


  1. “Wonder enough.” Wonderful.


  2. i so love this. and it is.


  3. I love his answer “It’s life and that is wonder enough.” Beautiful. And the photo is really good.


  4. Beautiful dream and really cool photo. This is what came up for me first, though:

    “Last night I had the strangest dream, I sailed away to China, in a little rowboat to find ya and you said you had to get your laundry cleaned. Didn’t want no one to hold you, what does that mean?”

    Break My Stride–MATTHEW WILDER – YouTube
    ► 2:52► 2:52


  5. I like this. It is profound in a sense.


  6. amen.


  7. WMS….(again…) 😉


  8. Big fan of Margaret Mead with my Anthropology degree and never read this story. Thanks for the discovery and sharing. Life, indeed.
    – Michael


  9. Barneysday says:

    This is a very moving story that definitely touched me. Thanks for sharing it with us, Its a Mead story I had never run across before.


  10. Wonderful!


  11. 🙂 Excellent.


  12. Wow! Love this one.


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