I think dreams are so awesome, so I’m so glad you asked this.
Unfortunately, I really have no idea. There’s a lot of scientific ideas about what they do— memory storage/processing, bodily regeneration, et cetera— but none of these are really that interesting to me because they kind of take the mystery out of it.
For ancient societies dreams were seen as messages from gods or spirits, that, once interpreted, could guide a person towards a right course of action. Freud saw them as a way for the mind to express repressed desires; Jung’s view was much more complicated; dreams could express “ineluctable truths, philosophical pronouncements, illusions, wild fantasies, memories, plans, irrational experiences and even telepathic visions” (I plumbed wikipedia for that.)
I’m more into Jung’s view, because it doesn’t strip down the multifaceted nature of dreams. Because really, we have no idea what they’re for. I tend to just see dreams as another way of being. Conscious is to Unconscious what day is to night, to what exterior is to interior. Dreams are special, no matter what they’re for, and we have to pay attention to them.
If you’re interested in dreaming, I recommend you check out “Finnegans Wake,” written by James Joyce. It’s written entirely in a Dream language that perfectly pins down what dreaming feels like. It’s incredibly difficult to read (I haven’t been able to finish it yet) but its an amazing experience.
I hope that answers your question!
Ken Wilber talked about this briefly in a book called “A Brief History of Everything” that I don’t particularly like but that makes some pretty salient points. He describes a basic masculine characteristic that he describes as “F&ck it or Kill it,” which is pretty much what it sounds like. If it doesn’t make babies, it’ll either make food or it’ll make trouble and must to be removed.
This is obviously only really applicable in extreme situations where survival is the only prerogative, but I think this basic impulse still shows up in today’s very urban, “civilized” culture. I think it explains why you can be powerfully attracted to a stranger on a bus; or why you can be filled with rage when someone cuts you off in traffic.
I don’t think the specific emotions of “Love” and “Hate” are primal or come from the same place at all. These emotions are often heady and involve every part of a person, body, mind, and soul. Rage and Lust, meanwhile, are emotions that reside only in the body (I’m including the amygdala and other components of the brainstem in this broad category) and do come from the same “F&ck it or Kill it” impulse that dictated the actions of our brethren in the distant past. So Love and Hate are not the right words, but I think you’re headed in the right direction.
Hope that answers your question!
That’s a complicated question; there are a lot of different kinds of secrets, and which one it is determines my answer.
Certain secrets are valuable, just like money or assets. The reason for this is that it sets up an unequal relationship between one person/group and another: one knows something the other doesn’t, and since information is power, that entity is going to have an advantageous position over the other.
Military secrets, like battle plans and intelligence, are a case in point. They have to be kept from the enemy or the entire war effort is at risk. The same is true of trade secrets; if a company has a beneficial practice it doesn’t share with other companies, it stands to turn a higher profit or otherwise be more successful.
Personal secrets are very different. These exist for a variety of purposes. They come out of feelings of shame, embarrassment, cowardice, love, and even altruism. A person may hide their romantic feelings from someone out of a fear of being rejected; a teenage boy who abuses drugs may conceal this from his parents for fear of reprisal. A father might conceal from his children that their mother abandoned them at a young age in order to give them a normal youth. A gay man may conceal his identity to prevent abuse at the hands of those who do not understand.
Secrets are very powerful, whatever variety they are. They can be both a good and an evil, and they must be used with responsibility. Secrets, ideally, shouldn’t exist; but we don’t live in a perfect world, and secrets are a case where the end can sometimes justify the means. The point of a secret is to service one’s own good or the greater good by concealing a truth, something that seems counter-intuitive, but is at the same time totally unique.
I hope that answers your question.
any word starts to sound weird if you repeat it to yourself long enough. Try it with “dumpster”
Work Is Dangerous- What you see just before the sketch ends in a drop of milk squirt out of Eric’s nipple and into Paul’s coffee. As Paul is walking on a narrow path on top of a ditch, coffee splashes onto the floor, missed by Paul by only centimeters. Paul is very near to stepping on the spilled…
Oh my God