The Freedom Of Dreams
Once Chuang Chou dreamt he was a butterfly, a butterfly flitting and fluttering around, happy with himself and doing as he pleased. He didn't know he was Chuang Chou. Suddenly he woke up and there he was, solid and unmistakable Chuang Chou. But he didn't know if he was Chuang Chou who had dreamt he was a butterfly, or a butterfly dreaming he was Chuang Chou.
-- This passage is how I feel about life. I go to sleep, and I visit this incredibly different world, a world where the most unbelievable things occur. I almost feel like my emotions, and feelings in that world are stronger than in my waking life.
How do we even know which one is real? I mean think about it, there is no such thing as true "reality" it is merely our perception of it -- which is a very limited one at that. Sometimes I feel like when I am in my dream state, I am actually processing so much more, exploring so many places where my "awake mind" will not let me go.Think of our potential if we could always free our minds like that -- I guess we can do this because we feel safe in our dreamworld, we know it's just us in there. Our dreams show us how beautiful the human mind can be.
There is a fence on how creative my mind will let me be when I am in the "real world", which I guess is probably a good thing, because I do have to live in a society where that is necessary, or I would just be thought of as crazy.
But is it a good thing?
It makes me rethink "crazy people". Are they really crazy or do they just have a perception on "reality" that we just can't understand? I guess it depends on your definition but maybe we should rethink the definition. Maybe they are just people that can't fit into this box that our society has said must be the limits of our thinking. Maybe they are more free than we are.
I feel like I sort of just lost myself on a tangent, not even sure this what I really wanted to say, but I'm not going to change it. I was told by a very intelligent person that when I say what is on my mind, there is no possible mistake, it was meant to be said that way and the right people will understand exactly what I mean.