The Confusion of Dreams and Reality
This post was sparked by Abbie P.’s post, ” ‘It’s hard to say that I’d rather stay awake when I’m asleep’ – Owl City (Fireflies)”
In her post she posed the question:
“If sanity is the ability to tell the difference between a dream and reality, does that make Alice insane?”
Now, this question seemed to generate a lot of different responses. Some people believe Alice is insane because while she is in Wonderland she thinks it is all real. I, on the other hand, think that Alice is not insane as long as when she wakes up she realizes she was dreaming.
Now if you want to debate on that question, click on the link. But I want to pose a different question:
What if our dreams are so realistic that it is hard to separate them from reality, then are we considered insane?
I mean it’s very easy to say that you are dreaming when you are in the world where you’re flying from building tops and running on water. But, it’s not so easy to that you are dreaming when your dream world consists of you going to school and seeing your friends everyday. Everybody’s had these realistic dreams. You wake up and you have to think about what just happened. If it weren’t for the fact that you were laying in bed you would think that it was all real. Then you have to make sure you’re not still dreaming and laying in bed is actually reality. Are people who have these kind of dreams insane? If so, then I need to check myself into an asylum.
So maybe we need to take another look at the definition of sanity. Or maybe we have the definition right, there’s just a few exceptions?