the years man has wondered about the imagery seen inside his head during sleep.
These small "clips" seen each night have intrigued man through the
centuries. Man's bewilderment encouraged him to investigate dreams. Over time
and after numerous hours of research, many different theories about dreams came
about. One of these theories, shown by Thomas French and Calvin Hall, is that
dreams serve a problem solving purpose. Following this theory it can be that
dreams, if interpreted correctly, can make oneself a better person.|
night a person usually experiences four to five dreams, taking up to one and one
half hours of sleep. These dreams are a way for the mind to put together the
thoughts of the sub-conscious. However, the direct purpose of these thoughts is
often debated. According to Sigmund Freud, dreams serve a biological function.
This function is to keep who is dreaming asleep. Freud's writings explain how
dreams keep an outside stimulus such as a noise, from waking up a sleeping
person. Changing distractions into dreams does this. Freud goes on to say that
an internal stimulus, such as a thrust can also threaten sleep. So if the
distraction is internal or external, dreams are the minds way of keeping the
Unconscious person asleep.
Freud's theory with all its logic shows that
dreams are actually affected by external and internal influences. In one test of
this theory, test pupils set an alarm clock and let it ring until the test
pupils woke up. All the test pupils reported having dreams connected to the
ringing of a bell.
According to Carl Jung and his associates, dreams
serve a psychological function. The psychological function states that "dreams
bring about contact between the conscious mind and the sub-conscious mind which
contains deep human issues." The release of subconscious thoughts is easier
during sleep because the mind is in a much more relaxed state than during the
waking hours. Since many sub-conscious thoughts are geared to self-improvement
of the person involved.
People may know their problems, but they often
push them back into their subconscious where they do not have to think about
them. It is in dreams where these issues are brought back into view. When these
issues are brought up, the dreamer has the opportunity to face them. All of the
contents of dreams are gathered in people's daily lives and "no matter how
frightening or distressing it may be at the time, every dream is a message to
us." This is what Dr. Garfield, a researcher of dreams, says, and it is
is a field with many different views. Take Plato for example. Here is a man
who says the world is not real, in fact he says the world is a place that
concerns only copies of the essences of things. Plato also says that you can
reach and come to know your god during this lifetime. This makes Plato an
idealist. This may sound reasonable, but it rises a problem. How about the
realists, the people who say you can't come to know your god during this
lifetime and all you have access to be is on earth or the real world.
This is an example of the major
problem to philosophy everybody's ideas are different. You can have
rationalists, empiricists, and many other types of philosophers who fall under
many different titles. For many years now I have been exposed to many different
ideas. Many of these ideas seem to make great sense to me and they seem
logical. After hearing many different views though, the same problem arises.
Which one is right?
An answer to this in my terms could
be explained as follows. No one philosophy is totally right. Some very logical
ideas could be expressed, but no one idea could explain what life is about. To
even attempt to explain life we would need the intellects of many people. After
compiling all the information on philosophy we know we would get a very
complicated but more widened view of life. This is the philosophy of a
philosopher builds on the philosophy of another theory.
Many relations altered my philosophy
over the years. First to influence me were probably my parents. As a child I
remember some of the limited ideas I had. As years pass the church comes into
play, giving you lots of ideas that you accept. Then more ideas come as you
discuss with friends. Till this day new ideas are forming in my head.
Sometimes this puts me in a state of confusion forcing me to accept the median
of the two or both all together.
If any idea is logical it must have
some truth behind it. Ideas just don't pop into our heads. A philosophical
idea requires lots of thinking.
Before we enter into my philosophy
you must keep one thing into mind. I believe that no one philosophy is correct,
just attempts to explain life. During my discussion, will refer to how these
philosophies came to me if and whenever possible.
||Begin to use crude knowledge|
||Begin to solve problems|
||Learn it with with yourself (most important)|
||Make it over obstacles|
||Do not let obstacles pull you down|
||Stick with what you believe|
||Accept what is told to you|
||Categorize it how you wish|
||Find connections with each others philosophies|
||Begin to use your knowledge to shape your life|
||Ways to handle situations|
||To develop changing philosophy|
||Prepare for what comes after life|
|| Many different views come to me about this area -|
we can not explain
is Life?Life can be explained in many ways.
We could just be highly developed animals with intellects nothing else. Maybe
the soul is just a figment of our imagination. The soul by all we know could
just be a series of brain-waves. I do not like to
take that stand. I like to believe that there is something that comes after this
had several conversations on the area of what comes next. I also have done a lot
of thinking on this area myself. The philosophy written below comes from all
life starts for a human, he could of been reincarnated from some lower life form
or from another human who did not complete the "tests" last life, (the
struggles you face during life). These ideas arrived while talking to a friend
Chris The idea on coming back to complete your life came to me when I was trying
to figure how life began and why. The beginning of life could not be explained
by my terms, but a small segment can, which was explained above but I will come
back to later. Due to the impossibility of explaining the beginning of a life I
will start with life after a few months.
When our life starts we are
what sociologists call a tabularasa or "blank slate" meaning that we
don't have any knowledge. To pre-pair for what it is that comes after life we
must learn. During this process of learning we begin to develop ideas on life.
These ideas are not enough. You must learn the ways in which people interact.
By doing this you have opened the door to what ever comes next. This idea
arises because you can now pool together beliefs of others as well as your own.
This leads us to another stage in
life where you start to apply this to everyday situations. You will develop
ways to cope with the problems you encounter and work your way around them. At
the early stages of adulthood you take in a broader spectrum of ideas,
opportunities, and ways to better your life.
As thoughts of
what comes after life enter your head, you may think of anything under the sun.
My belief is that you become part of some great intelligence, or live in a world
much more intellectually advanced than this one. To even be the least bit ready
for what comes next, we must master this life. Upon doing so we will have gone
a step up in our complete life cycle.
IIAs we gain
education of not only ourselves but what goes on around us as well, we can begin
to use this knowledge to help us in our climb to the afterlife. By learning the
crude but complex ideas of this world we are preparing ourselves for a much more
complex flowing life-style. This statement could not be proved due to my belief
that all philosophies must be accepted. The after-life could be just another
step in gaining our total goal.
IIIJust as explained in the paragraph
above, this is the part of your life where you begin to use your knowledge and
test it to see if the steps are correct. You should be fighting the obstacles
that are stopping you. This is where Murphy's law comes in. After you pass a
boundary naturally another one will come in to stop you again. You must get
over these. The job of your adult as well as your pre adult life is to climb
those obstacles of life and make it over them.
Fighting the obstacles is a very
hard job, but I believe you are not ready for the next life until you can handle
these barriers with little or no trouble. Also you must be able to accept
things as they come. This may sound hard, but you have a whole lifetime to
learn. Maybe more than one lifetime.
Now we will go back to the first
paragraph listed under I. Some influence came through conversation, which I
will refer to as philosophical collectivism. I will not try to explain the
actual beginning of life, but the rebirth of someone who could not reach the
goals needed to make the step into the next phase of life.
A person who lived a life but did
not complete all of the learning needed to enter a higher life, will return here
to live out a "second term" to gain knowledge that was overlooked.
There are Two reasons for people who die young. One is that they were extremely
smart and gained a knowledge quick. The second is that they had to come to this
life again to live out what was needed. This may account for early death.
Another belief is that all people must go through life many times getting more
successful each time one proceeds through a life on Earth or elsewhere. This
may account for people who are more successful in life than others.
IVWhen I philosophize I believe all,
or take all that is heard into account. I believe this must be done because
when you hear a philosophy it usually makes sense. Even though this may broaden
my philosophy a bit I believe it is better this way. There could be a god but
maybe there is none. There could be higher steps in life but maybe there are no
higher steps. I even set my own philosophy aside when listening to others. All
must be taken into account. Who is right? Who is wrong? Nobody will know
until they are faced with death. And then you might not know.
Another view of philosophy I have
come to find is one that dose not try to explain something, but one that tries
to explain philosophy and why it is taught in school. Humans need some sort of
understanding. Without understanding people feel lost. Many people do not even
give a care about philosophy. With out care in this area of life, one may not
even try to explain what life is about. This leaves the person with a great part
of life missing, there beliefs on it. This will leave a person without any
cares about many things that may help a person solve his problems, or just to
help him to become a better person and a happier one.
Philosophy will add to your life and
that is why it is important to develop one. If more people would take this
seriously many people would be better off. I am not saying to become a
philosopher, but I am saying get your own beliefs on a solid foundation. You
will be happier for it. That is one of the most important benefits you will
gain from it.