Sunday, September 11, 2011

The Door To Self-Delusion

"He was an expert, she told us. He could tell us what our dreams meant. He charmed us, somehow telling each of us what we most wanted to hear."
-Kurt in The Door To Lost Pages by Claude Lalumiere

There's a very good reason why I don't subscribe to dream interpretation, and it's the same reason why I don't give tarot cards much power: everything is flexible enough to be exactly what we want to hear.

Truth isn't flexible, or at least, it shouldn't be. If the truth isn't clear, it's not completely true, which is a contradiction of it's on definition. Dream interpretation is very flexible, on the other hand. It changes based off of, not just what our perspective tells us, clouding our vision, but also what the interpreter wants us to think, believe, and feel.

I choose to take dreams at face value, but I do not judge those who try to look deeper. The practice can be as useful at focusing the mind at laying down tarot cards. However, we must be careful to remember how easy it is to see only what we want to see, hear only what we want to hear, and believe only what we want to believe.

That is my warning to you all.

5 comments:

  1. Who says truth can't be flexible?

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  2. I don't think it can be. If you think otherwise, feel free to state your case.

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  3. Truth is just that, true. By definition it is inflexible.

    If I tell you the truth and you don't believe it, what does that make it? It doesn't make it a lie, it just makes it the truth you refuse to see.

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  4. Read this this morning and found it to be relevant.

    "True principles are truly true all the time. Truly. But our own skewed perspectives and understandings color the black and white boundaries a bit. We can't be too sure we know exactly correctly the things that we know. And we can't possibly know what we don't know."
    [Chris Brady]

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  5. I couldn't agree more, though I didn't sum it up quite so succinctly: http://www.dreamclassier.com/2011/09/on-truth.html

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