Through 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.

Each 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 very true.

1982 Philosophical Collectivism

Philosophy 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.
I. Early Life
  A. Become person
    1. Develop personality
    2. Interaction
      a. Learn communication
      b. Gain common sense
  B. Begin to use crude knowledge
    1. Advanced Interaction
    2. Begin to solve problems
II. Pre adult life
  A. Set goals
    1. Strive for goals
    2. Fight obstacles
  B. Education
    1. How to live
      a. Learn it with people
      b. Learn it with with yourself (most important)
      c. Make it over obstacles
    2. How to cope
      a. Do not let obstacles pull you down
      b. Stick with what you believe
    3. Accept what is told to you
      a. Categorize it how you wish
        1. Important
        2. Not important
      b. Find connections with each others philosophies
III. Adult Life
  A. Begin to use your knowledge to shape your life
    1. Common sense
    2. Ways to handle situations
    3. To develop changing philosophy
  B. Prepare for what comes after life
      Many different views come to me about this area -
we can not explain

What is Life?
I

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 life.

I have 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 these sources.

When 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.


II

As 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.


III

Just 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.

IV

When 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.

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