Remember the scene in Inception where Leo DiCaprio is led into that basement where everyone is hooked up to a dream weaving machine. Leo, or Cobb, wonders and asks Yusuf (the Indian pharmacologist) why all 0f these people are down here during the middle of the day. The somewhat sad, and honest answer given by Yusuf, is that for these individuals, dreaming has become their reality. It has become their reason to live, their livelihood, and without being “hooked up” and drugged into their dream-state, they essentially have nothing to live for.
It’s an interesting concept: dreaming for the sake of creating an alternative reality. It’s also interesting that these individuals, who obviously remain nameless and are mostly unseen, wake up and go check into some place, obviously fictitious, where this is allowed to happen. Where there is a thriving business and the idea of finding this shortcut to another reality has become a common practice.
If you think about the times of the day, the morning rush to work, the afternoon lull, and perhaps the nighttime inebriation, dreams can vary greatly throughout the day. Dreaming of a turkey sandwich at 11:30am and dreaming that you’re on an exotic beach somewhere at 11:30pm are just two examples of this split in the human mind. Because, after all, it is a split. A complete separation of reality that allows us to enter into the dream state, where an idealized version of ourselves appear, where everything is saturated and things work and we slow down for a second and just dream, whatever the case may be.
To deconstruct the dreamworld is to deconstruct the person at hand and the various lifestyle choices that allow this person to dream or not to dream. Sometimes I have had friends or family members tell me during various outings or dinners that they don’t dream a lot. Or that they simply haven’t had a “dream” in awhile. What constitutes a dream for them? Regardless, I don’t pity them for saying this. It’s kind of intriguing. Maybe their just really busy and don’t have time to dream. Maybe dreaming isn’t a part of their life. If everything is going swell and you’re busy and you just kind of keep doing what you’re doing, aren’t you just living the dream without realizing it?
This is really the point I care most about. The point that brings me back to Inception: living to dream. Where one consciously accepts that their world will never be as great, or as worthwhile as the dreamworld, so they choose to live in the latter, to try to exist as though the world one creates in their mind is the only one that matters.
Living the dream, where the “the” implies some overarching theme that is constant in every dream is actually kind of a fabrication of dreaming in the first place. There is no one true dream, even if it seems like there is. As I mentioned earlier, the dream depends on the dreamer, and has to be grounded within that person.
Whatever the case may be, think about it. The dreamworld that you so choose to live in, at whatever time of the day, is it really so far off? Like all things, maybe it is important to think about the smaller dreams, the turkey sandwich kind, that still exist and are worth something. That is why living the dream, as some may say, takes away from the expression. It doesn’t have to be some big dream. It doesn’t have to be somebody else’s.
A very famous, yet simple expression, that is actually grounded in all of this is: Less is more. Those little hints, those little reminders that something great is out there lead us to the dream we have been (dreaming) about all these years. And it’s right there, perhaps.