Originally posted by eleven44
reply to post by HairlessApe
Well, I guess the same thing will apply to you then.
No amount of wisdom or ancient knowledge or personal anecdotes will change your mind about dreams not meaning anything.
And heck, maybe yours don't.
But nothing in this life is meaningless.
So why would the reality where we spend 1/3rd of our lifetime be 'meaningless?'
I think nature has a better design than that.
I could prove that some things in life are indeed meaningless. It's arbitrary, and I have no actual desire to do it, but I assure you... some
things happen just because.
If you really need a "reason" for dreams, then very well. The "reason" for dreams occuring is because of random synapses of your neurons during
sleep. Some of them are connected to your memories, and some are stemmed in the part of the brain which allows humans to have abstract thoughts,
fears, anger, love, euphoria, and whatever other emotions a person can feel.
Scientifically speaking, dreams are meaningless.
Spiritually/Metaphysically speaking... Well, that's all BS as far as I'm concerned.
Oh, and all the ancient knowledge that was meaningful is still incorporated in modern thinking. Like the discoveries of Galileo, Copernicus,
Pythagoras, and so on. However, there is no ancient wisdom in the idiom "everything happens for a reason." Unless by wisdom
you mean poetry
that sounds beautiful but is actually rather empty in terms of truth. (And evidence/proof for that matter) In fact, in my experience it's more
favorable and prevalent among the new-age new-science (pseudoscience) type of people.
You're wrong about another thing, too. I change my mind when presented with new information. However, that information has to be empirical evidence
that can be tested... Or at least perceived by my senses.
Dreams don't count as evidence.
Oh, and for the record, over 99% of all species that have ever lived on Earth are now extinct. So nature's designs really aren't that great. They're
more like trial-and-error that only works as long as the evironment is suitable for the organism.
edit on 14-4-2013 by HairlessApe because: (no reason given)