Dreamers wanted


Today’s prompt: In one of his poems, Edgar Allen Poe wrote, “Those who dream by day are cognizant of many things which escape those who dream only by night.”  What does this poem say to you that might be helpful to patients?

In my thirst for knowledge and irresistible urge to discover the story behind the story, I took the time to read Eleanora. The quote for today’s prompt was taken from the middle of the introductory paragraph. As is my preference, I searched for the context of his quote. Here is the entire thought:

They who dream by day are cognizant of many things which escape those who dream only by night. In their gray visions they obtain glimpses of eternity, and thrill, in awakening, to find that they have been upon the verge of the great secret. In snatches, they learn something of the wisdom which is of good, and more of the mere knowledge which is of evil. They penetrate, however, rudderless or compassless into the vast ocean of the “light ineffable,” and again, like the adventures of the Nubian geographer, “agressi sunt mare tenebrarum, quid in eo esset exploraturi (they ventured out against the sea of darkness to see what they would find).”


Poe’s reference to “they who dream by day” is a reference to dreamers, people who are creative, imaginative, and curious.  He describes their discoveries as “wisdom” and views it as more valuable than mere knowledge gained through study. These dreamers are like explorers who set out into uncharted waters just for the experience of discovery.

Headache medicine needs dreamers. We need people who will not be held back by what is already known.  The cause, and eventually the cure, will be found by explorers, pioneers, and dreamers. It may be a lonely and treacherous journey full of wrong turns and surprises.  It is not a journey for those who enjoy safety, security, and predictability.  It takes courage to discover something new and a little bit of insanity to actually tell people what you find.

We need to move beyond what we know about headache disorders in order to discover the truth.  What do you say? Are you ready to join the dreamers?

The 2014 Migraine and Headache Awareness Month, is dedicated to Dreaming of a World without Migraine and Headache Disorders. The 2014 Migraine and Headache Awareness Month Blog Challenge is a project of American Headache & Migraine Association.

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