I had a dream last night. I dreamt that I was in a forest eating some sort of bugs with 2 other people. Idk who they were. I began to eat the bugs b/c they told me that it was good. I was hesitant at first but b/c I felt that I should try, I went ahead and did so. I remember liking it but after a few bugs we stopped eating and talked. After talking I felt like that fear of eating a bug, which I had already eaten a few of, had returned. I could no longer imagine eating the bugs. Even though I was perfectly aware that they were good.
It’s strange how we can learn that something taboo to our upbringing, in my case eating bugs, can be changed with a type of peer pressure that changes a taboo. But then, out of nowhere, it can become taboo again.
What is it in our subconcious that we are fighting against so often? Is it my secret desire to go against the grain of society & do other things? Is it possible that I am still breaking away from my parent’s culture? Which I view as poisonous in many ways.
Culture is defined as a learned system of knowledge. This means that everything we do, think, believe, & say is learned. We are not orginial. There is no such thing as human nature.
This also gives rise to something I heard Slavoj Zizek say, “Desire is a wound on reality.”
What desire am I trying to fullfill?
What constructed this dream? What is it in reality that structures our dreams? Surely, our dreams are not just wild. We dream within a box. That box is structured by our reality & our culture. Are we even able to grasp the nature of our dreams with the language we use today? I don’t believe so.
This also gives rise to the notion that the commonly used phrase, “Think outside of the box,” is a desire that cannot be fullfilled.