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Dreams without Meaning

Should we be afraid that to discover that there is no intrinsic meaning to our dreams is also to unfurl some great banner of revelatory catharsis pronouncing our own essential non-existence ?

To assert a “meaning of dreams” expresses an essential identity and corollary to asserting a “meaning of self”.  In those reflexive symbolic and cultural depths of dream-like experience we only ever observe that self unbound; cognition without anchor and signifier without signified, free-floating in cyclical regeneration. This is a creative recombinatory decompression and foundational semiotic recursion; it both masks and extrapolates a probable fact that to discover that there is no intrinsic meaning to our dreams is also to unfurl some great banner of revelatory catharsis pronouncing our own essential non-existence.

Perhaps our faith in the essential “meaningfulness” of things, of experience, runs parallel to our belief in the necessity of underlying truths and by narrative psychological extension – of purposes and teleologies.  Truth always already presupposes in some manner a unity or totality and continuity whose existence (and logical plausibility) remains yet to be demonstrated.

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