Let Sleeping Dogs Lie

I sometimes wonder whether dreams have a hidden purpose, and whether they are trying to tell us something.

The prevailing theories are the Freudian theory that endorses hidden meanings to dream  themes and subject matter, and the Hobsonian theory that relegates them to manifestations of disturbed brain functioning.

While the Freudian theory advocates that dreams have hidden implications, the Hobsonian theory refutes that they have any substantial meaning. Yet our precipitous intuition about dreams is that, they are nothing else but little movies, which we happen to experience and be an active part of. But, if dreams are motion pictures of the mind, do they have any scriptwriters, producers or directors, and a concoction of associated personnel that are indispensible for making one?

Let Sleeping Dogs Lie
Sigmund Freud – Dream Is The Royal Road To Unconscious

Dreams are usually non-coherent. In fact, dreams are often bizarre, inexplicable, and enigmatic. Besides, most, if not all of them, vanish by the time we awake.

However, the conception of a cinematic motion picture is more of a concentrated foray. The overall purpose is to perhaps give the moviegoer an exciting, albeit emotional, disturbing or enjoyable experience.

Can we compare the characteristics to those of a cinematic movie to a dream?

The possibility that dreams are definitively fabricated by a dream-maker suggests a complete alternative exposition of non-coherence. Dreams are non-coherent because this fortifies the overall experience.

Remember Christopher Nolan’s movie, “Inception”…. If you haven’t seen it, get yourself a pizza and savor (not the pizza, but the movie) it over the weekend… It is insanely brilliant!

Inception - Leonardo Di Caprio
Inception – This Dream Is Real

Gets you thinking, whether there are professional dream-makers out there!

Reverting to the dream-maker theory…

One identifiable phenomenon that this theory highlights is that of becoming conscious that you are dreaming, and then dreaming that you are awake. In such a scenario, dreaming that you wake up is the same actuality as to no longer realizing that you are dreaming.

If there is a dream-maker, who or what is this entity? Assuming that we do not believe in supernatural forces or beings trying to communicate with us during our sleep, it is quite obvious that this dream-maker or team of dream-makers, must exist in some fragment of our brains. Most probably, it is located in those regions that are particularly active during REM-sleep stage.

Now, what could be overall purpose of the dream-maker or dream-makers, who control our dreams? I have given some theories as to why we can believe that dream making is more of a resolute activity, and whatever may be the rationale, one has to experience dreams as if they were real. Regrettably, I can only hypothesize as to what the rationale actually is. It could perhaps be some sort of testing of the sub-conscious mind.

Perceptibly, careful study of the dream theme and content may probably shed more light on this aspect.

Who knows?

Perhaps, better understanding of the entire dream-mechanism that support the theory of a dream-maker could also provide some pointers.

But, all of us need dreams and the need to dream. They are the first stage to satisfying our innate hopes and desires. Desires, which one may be embarrassed to express in front of others.

Isn’t what they tell the youngsters nowadays. Go forth and achieve your dreams…

Although I am not a supporter of that theory, because there is a large difference between ambitions and dreams, and personally, I have always felt that dreams were a cheap way of achieving your ambition.

However, I might be wrong…

As indicated earlier, it would have been very convenient if there was a dream maker out there. However, as we still yet have to identify one, what does one do to make up for the dream maker’s loss space.

We watch movies, cinemas, serials, and identify the themes, the stories, the actors, actresses and satiate our unsatisfied desires, thus being able to fill that void.

However, there is an advantage for this. It also fills that void for those real-life dramas that one is unable to enact, and replaces them with the reel-life ones, and which can be filed and enacted at any stage with a definite result. There is satisfaction for both sides, hopefully, we may never know, but at least the actors are being paid for it.

We might have some disagreement here, but every cinematic or a serial plot, has some link to some real-life drama who knows where. But, it’s better that neither the scriptwriter, nor the innocent role-players, who enact that drama are aware about it. Mainly because, it is the connection that the viewer makes during the movie, that make the movie more exciting, and that leaves a sense of déjà vu behind.

Basically, it keeps the wheels of the society churning.  In other words, it is this difference what separates a good scriptwriter from a bad one.

Fortunately, by the time a script is written, edited, and made into a movie, the drama process for the role player would have changed considerably, otherwise it could have  devastating effects.

The viewer dreams about his heroine, his perfect woman, and likewise the woman, her perfect charmer, and the process is never ending…

If not for the movies, where would we be?

The proverbial masturbators…

A few years ago, I was scanning the net and news reports on violence in Bengaluru, in connection with the death of the popular Kannada actor Raj Kumar. Due to a quirk of fate, Salman Khan also was released from jail on the same day. The reactions of the common people to these two news were disturbing. It appeared that people were willing to risk their lives for a person they see in a cinema hall.

But, rationalizing the entire issue makes you realize that it’s not the hero they are willing to sacrifice their lives for, it’s for the character that he played, and the dreams that he created for them.

Entertainment is all about a willing suspension of disbelief, of helping the audience to be what they could not be in real life. So when Rajinikanth, an auto driver becomes a crorepati or millionaire within one day in a movie, the audience laps it up with full fervor.

Likewise, the average Mallu does not see Mohanlal as a person, we see Dasan, we see Induchoodan or Mangalasery Neelakandan… Similarly, he sees Mammooty as Inspector Balram, or Chadiyan Chandu, or Franchiyettan…and Suresh Gopi as the archetypal Police Commissioner.

This is also true with Amitabh Bachchan and Shah Rukh Khan and whomsoever, in Northern India.

But, how ethical is this dream weaving?

Use a Deodorant and easily get the girl of your dreams. Or, use a face whitening cream to ace your job interview… or use a soap to look like a movie star…. Endless possibilities for dreaming!

All these adverts might appear useless to the semi-educated audience like us [hopefully]… just think how it would affect a farmer or even a daily wage laborer, who uses these products, instead of spending that little extra money which he could have spent for his kids or family… Are these companies ethically correct in creating these “emotional and experiential attributes” for products and selling them at a premium?

Speaking from an Advertising point of view, this is exactly what they are trying to create. This is why product companies come to them… to identify the pulse of the people and release the right ads at the right time…

However, this issue has another side too… the poor audience comes to see the movie for a quick path to a fantasy, and for the claptrap dialogues mouthed by their heroes that play well with their gullible minds. After all, this is an affordable luxury for them.

Of course, the customer has the right to choose. More importantly, it is products like these, and films that of Raj Kumar, Mohanlal, Shah Ruh Khan, or Rajinikanth and Aiswarya Rai help the poor man to achieve his dreams by spending few rupees.

As a closing line, every individual has a right to dream irrespective of the living standards he is in… And, as society moves towards a materialistic one, products and services like these help the poor to satisfy their dreams within their limitations…

Let Sleeping Dogs Lie
Do Dreams Have A Hidden Purpose

Something worth discussing??

Mersal anyone?

Perhaps, some other day…let sleeping dogs lie.


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