I'd like to propose another use for it. Many would agree that doing things in lucid dreams is just "as good" as doing it in reality, sometimes even better. It feels real. Recently there was a topic in which sociopaths, psychopaths and serial killers were brought into discussion. Suppose that people like this, who have been mentally maimed one way or another, were to be able to function in society by finding a harmless release in lucid dreams. They could kill dream characters rather than kill real people, and thus have an outlet that allows them to behave acceptably in society.
But suppose that everyone could find a release in lucid dreaming for their dark desires. Everyone has a monster inside them, a dark subconscious that has evil lurking under the layers. (If you don't agree with that, did "Lord of the Flies" by William Golding teach you nothing?) Would this be enough of a realistic release? Or would this only encourage one to behave even more badly in reality, just like how violent video games may or may not encourage more violent behavior in real life?
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But they are just pixels and it was a game. Sometimes lucid dreams are like games to me, and I mess with the 'sims', the mindless dream characters too. We all have a God-Complex.
Only when they talk to me and are sentient do I stop and listen and I've been surprised at times by what they say!
(but is it healthy or does it make a person more likely to act out these fantasies in real life?) For me, I'm harmless as a lamb in real life, but a social, even sexual, misfit in my dreams sometimes. (Keyword: SOMETIMES) I'm not even that bad in my dreams either! But I like to break the rules....
But the main question is whether, or not, lucid dreams should be encouraged and taught in prison to violent offenders who were "mentally maimed". I SAY, YES! Or even before they live out their fantasies without disturbing anyone before it happens in real life and someone else gets hurt.
If we all lucid dreamed, this world would be a better place.
One unlucky sap gut stuck behind a chair for 3 days and died, and I laughed. (I'm not bad, and just thought it was bad AI)
To a sociopath, everyone in life is a sim, and only there to be used and abused. But if you give them a game or lucid dreams they can get their fix without harm.
(Where does that leave me? Maybe we're all a little twisted, but it's harmless fun and we need to look ourselves in the mirror before we start throwing stones at others from our glass houses)
Not condoning violent acts in real life, just thinking about the root cause, and maybe we are all guilty of indecent thought. Most of us just don't act out on it in real life. (I am certainly not on the side of serial killers and rapists, but instead of calling them monsters, think about what's going on in their head, and give them a harmless outlet for that.)
But none of those things are as realistic as a lucid dream. Even with the latest virtual reality simulators (like the Oculus Rift), it doesn't capture the immersion of actually seeing it with your own eyes.
As far as it being healthy to conduct your violent urges in lucid dreams ... I'm not sure. For a mentally-sound person (there are no mentally-sound people, but just for the sake of this argument lol) it would be. Because you could say that all of it is a product of your own mind, so it's not as if you're teaching yourself any new trick, like watching a violent movie would. But, then again, it is from your subconscious, which is separate to your regular consciousness.
But, yes, it should certainly be taught to serial killers, they would definitely get a kick out of it. (Although prison inmates aren't usually the quiet, thoughtful, lucid dreamer types, are they? )
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