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Nov. 12th, 2006 | 12:49 am
posted by: wateredsilk in breadboxjustice

When I sleep, I tend to have extremely crazy dreams.  It's not unusual for The Boyfriend to just burst out into hysterical laughter first thing in the morning after I frantically attempt to relate the night's comatose insanity.  While I'm sure one could do some kind of Freudian or Jungian analysis on my twisted and tormented psyche, I don't know that it would be worth it, because, honestly, sometimes an electric blue centaur costume is just an electric blue centaur costume.  In any case, my dreams are frequently a source of amusement and general befuddlement for me.

Earlier today, I watched this little animated short about the ultimate commitment to a less abstract sort of dream.  For one little kiwi bird, a dream is not merely a surrealist concept.  It's a goal, a driving purpose, a heart-wrenching and dedicated sacrifice of blood, sweat, and tears.  Too few films address the concerns of flightless birds, but somebody has to speak for those poor little awkward freaks of nature, gosh darn it!  I'll be the first to admit, kiwi birds are odd looking creatures, but this is a beautiful film and everybody should give it a watch.

Ahem, anyway, watching that little bird got me to thinking about the many different incarnations of dreams: sleeping dreams, lucid dreams, life-long dreams, shattered dreams, etc.  What really is a dream?  I mean, there's just so much out there to consider, which naturally led me to my next question, one I think you all are best suited to answering:

"Are dreams closer to a breadbox or the concept of justice?"

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from: sethrates
date: Nov. 12th, 2006 09:45 am (UTC)

The kiwi has me convinced they're closer to the concept of justice. The dream here is to address an injustice: that he can't fly. Bread and boxes are nowhere to be found.

That's an amazing video. It's well-executed, but more than that it actually seems profound—if a bit creepy as well.

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from: wateredsilk
date: Nov. 12th, 2006 09:56 am (UTC)

While I agree that the kiwi's dream addresses an injustice in a particularly moving and poignant manner, not all dreams do. I know most of mine certainly don't.

To illustrate this, I remember I once dreamt you were having a party to celebrate the fact you were on TV. It was an extraordinarily posh party, and Bruce Campbell was my date, dressed as a toreador. At some point in the dream, I had a conversation with a marble statue, and I broke my shoes trying to reach the punchbowl. I think you would be extremely hard-pressed to relate this dream to the concept of justice.

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from: eatsoylentgreen
date: Nov. 13th, 2006 12:37 am (UTC)


just like justice

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