After watching the movies “Inception”, and then the film “Waking Life”, it really makes you wonder what is real and what is not real. They are both really good movies that question the concept of reality, and make viewers look at their life, wondering when in fact we are dreaming, and when we are “awake”.
“Waking Life” touches all topics from existentialism, to the meaning of life, and free will. One of the more interesting things discussed in the movie is the fact that it is so hard to tell whether or not one is dreaming or is awake. Does it really matter? Is there anything different that we can do in the dream versus real life? Should we not just keep dreaming in real life and follow what we want to do? Dreaming should not die, and people should not give up on their dreams at any age. If we keep dreaming, even when we are awake, then there will be many more conscious people, people who are questioning the world, and trying to figure out what to do and how to make the world a better place. I think that it is a great idea to constantly question whether we are in a dream or not – although ultimately it does not matter. There is nothing that you should do in a dream that you shouldn’t do in real life. If in your dreams you follow a certain career path, or if you travel to an exotic country, why not do that in your waking life? Who knows, maybe this “waking life” is just a dream after all, and it does not matter what you do materially.
The fact that I know with absolute certain only one thing, that I exist, can help me in my quest to unearth more answers. You should use the people around you, wake them up from their “ant” life (as Waking Life puts it), and pose to them questions that you are completely unsure about. Maybe the answer that you receive changes your entire life, puts everything in a new perspective, or maybe does not change anything at all for you, what have you got to lose?