If that is the case, when I am fast asleep will that someone else be awake?

The great Taoist master Chuang Tzu once dreamt that he was a butterfly fluttering here and there. In the dream he had no awareness of his individuality as a person. He was only a butterfly. Suddenly, he awoke and found himself laying there, a person once again.

But then he thought to himself,

“Was I before a man who dreamt about being a butterfly, or am I now a butterfly who dreams about being a man?”


10 thoughts on “Dreams.”

  1. Ah yes – that eastern philosophical there is no answer line – everything is the answer argument. Our version involves the falling tree in a forest – if there is nobody there to hear it does it make a sound? Personally I don’t really care if it makes a noise or not. As to your great Taoist master’s question – I certainly hope the former is true. But frankly friendly discussion aside, this stuff is what drove me away from philosophy classes. Now maybe if the discussion was referencing the Zen in throwing and hitting a baseball I’d have been more interested. And dreams? Mostly of loss or losing these days – or strangely of flying to England. And I hate to fly.

    1. Aw, come on. Be a sport and share again. Or do what another friend wanted to do. He sent a story and wanted it to be published as a comment from anonymous. I have done that under my name.

  2. An old man was walking in the forest when he heard by his feet a very weak voice.  He bent down to look and saw that the voice came from a little frog.
    “I’m a beautiful and voluptuous princess, skilled in all the carnal pleasures of love. An evil queen, envious of my charms, turned me into a frog.  If you kiss me I will once again be a fair maiden, and will provide you with all the joys and delights of my ardent lust.”
    The old man picked up the little frog and put her into his pocket.
    Bewildered, the frog asked, “Aren’t you going to kiss me?”
    “Nope,” replied the old man. “ At my age, it’s more fun to have a talking frog in my pocket than a sex maniac in my bed.”

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