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Invisibilia for June 29, 2017: True You

What realities should we entertain for ourselves?

In this episode we pose one of our favorite questions to ask children: What do you want to be when you grow up?

Many people have these visions of their future selves; fantasies of a smarter, better, richer, more successful version of the people they are today. In many ways these future selves motivate us, pushing us to improve ourselves as we seek to achieve our dreams. But they can also be dangerous, mocking us for everything we have failed to become.

Our stories take us into the life of a Syrian orphan who forged a new identity and life despite all odds and we go to North Port, Florida, where the principal of a high school did something unusual, and pretty extreme, to try and help his students reach their full potential, in an experiment that went horribly wrong.

Then we travel to another world entirely; the dream world, where a woman is seeking answers from within.