We can’t apply logic because the world of inspiration doesn’t follow that dynamic

Dreaming, schmeaming

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Alder first hypothesized that the personality was the same in dreaming life as in waking life. And that the only difference was, in dreams, the pressure of social demands was less acute and the personality was revealed with fewer safeguards and concealments.

Out in the world, though, we’re forced to put logical chains on our whimsical appetites. We face a level of accountability and rationality and practicality that’s sufficiently intense to beat our dreams out of us.

And so, we shrink. We play small. We reluctantly accept the idea that it was irresponsible to pursue our dreams in the first place. And we stand idly by as logos wins the day. Tragic.

Linklater’s inspiring film makes a powerful point on this very issue. The character reminisces about having job that he hated and worked real hard at. And after a long, hard day of work, when he finally got to go home, get in bed and close his eyes, he immediately wakes up and realizes that the whole day at work had been a dream. Reminding the viewer that it’s bad enough that you sell your waking life for minimum wage, but now they get your dreams for free.

The trick, he says, is to combine your waking rational abilities with the infinite possibilities of your dreams. Because if you can do that, you can do anything.

That’s the thing about dreams. We can’t apply logic because the world of inspiration doesn’t follow that dynamic. And so, we practice lowering the volume of our logical brains. We put whimsy on wheels. And we take action upon our intuitive leads. Even though we’re afraid to use our intuition because we’ll have to defend it and have no logical explanation to support our actions.

Why is it rational or logical that anybody should be expected to be afraid of the dream they’ve been put on this earth to fulfill?

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