Foolish With Dreams
Remember old Noah who had to hold onto a dream and foolishly fashion a ship for a flood that had not yet appeared? He was a mythical character in folk traditions long before being drafted to play a role in religious texts. The idea of things beginning with a dream, the need to include all the animals and the whole notion of surviving the End are features of folk myths found throughout the world.
Flood stories have been found all over the earth, even in landlocked places; as if to say that it is not exactly the literal seas that are being addressed, but the psychic waters of the unconscious that can flood forth and overwhelm an individual or a culture at any time. Noah is one name for the old survivor in human awareness that keeps close to dreams and to animals and the elements of nature. Old Noah is part of the inner nature of human nature, part of the original nature and surviving capacity of the human soul.