Everything in life or dream is meaningless until we put meaning onto it. As consciously aware human beings, this is a trait we have that is, i think, unique to our species (in terms of placing meaning on our lives). If i give my horse an apple (my horse who is 55 million years evolved) she will only see it as desirable food. Even the word 'apple' is meaningless. Language is the tapestry of our existence, and allows us to add meaning to everything. So then when i hold the apple in my palm, and my horse's soft muzzle takes it, I feel something meaningful in that moment. It could be as small as 'I like the feeling of my horse taking the apple from my hand'. Or as deep as 'This apple is a symbol of my love to my horse. She is the apple of my eye. This apple holds seeds of wisdom that i will share with my horse, and my horse will share with me.' In archetypal terms do i become the snake tempting her in the garden of Eden?
Any or which way, there is meaning. If i felt nothing, i mean, NOTHING at all and the whole process was meaningless, I 1. Probably wouldn't bother giving my horse an apple as she doesn't need an apple. Or 2. I might just be giving my horse an apple so she can experience pleasure because i am a compassionate human being and anthropomorphising the experience of the relationship with my horse.
Language and meaning are one and the same thing. Once we start to interpret the world through language, we create meaning. Dreams are also a language. If i can say...'I was in an elevator, and it took me to the moon, and on the moon i met George Bush, and he was eating candy floss' I have created meaning. Interpretation of meaning is different. I have a choice here. I can interpret the dream, or i can just put it down to a random set of events that happened in my life and all got thrown into the dream mix.
When i was 5 I ate candy floss and it made me sick. I threw up everywhere.
When i saw George Bush on TV the other day i felt quite sick.
Quite often i feel like i'm on another planet when i watch TV.
So we can see how the tapestry is woven here.
BUT. Out of all the triggers i experience every single day of my life, these 3 came together in one consecutive dream....because i am human i have the ability to ask...
Well, perhaps i might remember that my dad was the one who gave me that candy floss. And then told me off when i was sick.
Perhaps i felt he was always power hungry and over controlling...in a sickly sweet kind of way
Perhaps it was time to give him a taste of his own medicine?
Perhaps I feel like escaping to the 'moon' isn't a healthy option and perhaps i should address him on these issues? Rather then just repeating the same old candy floss patterns.
Perhaps getting too much of a good thing can be bad for you? Even if you wanted it in the first place?
Wow, so many questions!
Unraveling them may or may not help me live my life to my fullest potential. ??? Dunno? I just don't think it's a freakishly evolutionary accident that we have this ability to place meaning on our lives and dreams through language, symbolism, and archetypes. I think it is part of the human experience. Consciousness conversing with unconsciousness. How lucky are we to be able to wake up and be lucid at the meeting point?
I made that whole dream up btw. My dad's cool. I Love candy floss. George Bush is an alien.
Great question though. Especially since you asked 'Why?'
Seriously though. It IS a good question. I have always said, nothing is sacred. But then if nothing is sacred then perhaps I can make everything sacred?
(I wrote a dissertation on this subject which is why i've got carried away with it, sorry
I'll stop now.