Monday, January 23, 2012
The Butterfly's Dream
Touching on the last subject a bit more. There's an old idea called The Butterfly's Dream. The concept is that a man was dreaming that he was a butterfly, but when he awoke he was unsure if he was really just dreaming he was a butterfly or if he was in fact a butterfly and is currently dreaming of being a man. A classic scenario where the dream is more real than the reality which leads to questions of which is real, assuming that they're not both real which may very well be possible. What is to say that your dreams are any less real than when you're awake? There are plenty of instances of people that would wake up in strange situations close to their dreams. Logically we determine that the dream was caused by the environment. However some things can't be so easily explained. There are times where you might be drowning, or you hit the ground in a falling dream, that's if it's really a dream, and when you wake up you're actually drowning or your body hurts all over. Our mind makes our dreams a reality. So if our mind makes it real in both worlds, it's understandable to think that both are real.
There have been stranger times for me, in which I've woken up with sand on my feet even though I know there was no sand or reason to be sand on my feet when I went to sleep or nearby. I often have dreams of the future, I sometimes write them down, then fill in dates for when I had the dream and return to it when it happens and right in the date for when it happens. I've listed accurate details of events that haven't occurred yet. In this case it's unclear which reality is the true one. Am I merely dreaming of the past right now, or can I truly see the future? If I'm living the same reality as the one I'm dreaming, how do I distinguish one from another? Perhaps this is all just a dream within yet another dream and I'll wake up thinking wow that was a strange dream indeed.