This was a dream I dreamed several years ago. I dreamed that the world is trapped in a huge thick glass bubble, spellbound by a dramatic but repetitious movie it is constantly watching. The multitude’s faces were anguished and world-weary in the dark — caught in a cyclical shadowy human condition. No one in the dark was aware of their predicament.
I saw the whole world inside a dimmed movie house. The whole world was watching a movie. The movie screen looked like a giant computer screen. All eyes and attention were focused on the movie which was taken as real by the moviegoers. At one point in the dream, I, too, was inside the movie house and I could agree that the movie was very interesting, except that, I noticed, the plot was nothing new. It appeared to be an old story being revived over, and over again through different times and locations with a different set of actors acting the same roles. I was going to speak to the man seated to my right, to say a casual comment about the movie when I sensed he did not want to be bothered. He was laughing at what he was seeing in the movie. I turned to the woman to my left, but she too sent the vibes that she did not want to be disturbed. She was crying at what she was seeing in the movie. I thought it quite amusing that an exact same scene in a movie could make one cry and another laugh.
As I was watching the people watching the movie, it occurred to me that it was only their collective perception which was making the movie appear like real, for in my vantage point, as I watched them from outside the movie house, they are only looking at a man-made movie. Then I noticed that the movie house and the people in it were inside what looked like a huge bubble. I concurrently became aware of the distraught and world-weary faces of the moviegoers. I thought that as it is merely a bubble encasing the whole world, the bubble could easily burst and everyone in it would be freed. A closer look, however, revealed the bubble to be thicker than it initially appeared. It was a very thick glass bubble. Nobody among the moviegoers seemed to be aware that they are watching a movie in a dark movie house contained in a glass bubble. I thought, if only somebody would poke at the glass bubble to create noise, the viewers’ one-pointed attention on the movie would be momentarily broken, enough for someone to take notice of the confinement and inform the others. I had the idea of hurling a stone; even if it lacked enough impact to break the huge thick glass, it might distract some to notice their enclosure. I scrounged for a stone, but could not find any. And then, a most astonishing revelation took place: it was the multitude’s age-old, deep-seated, complex and tangled thoughts, which, over eons, consistently wove a membrane that solidified into an impenetrable hard glass bubble. I knew then that the bubble could only be cracked from the inside – from its very source. As this almost frightening realization struck me, my body involuntarily convulsed, and I awoke from the dream.
The world’s prevalent and enduring thoughts compounded, gained density, and formed a spherical aquarium-like glass bubble that confined a whole world which is totally oblivious of its confinement.
I think that a significant proportion of the world’s population fits your analogy/dream in that they seem to be an unthinking mass, functioning in automatic mode. So many people are doing things and acquiring things “Just because”! “Your glass bubble” would have been initially created by politicians and later with input of commercialism. Fortunately, there have been people in our history who could see outside the glass bubble and therefore have an influence. Fortunately, there also people today (they may not have been in your movie house) who can influence anybody who is receptive to a different perspective on life and what it means. Is the glass bubble necessary? That could be an interesting question to pursue at another time!
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Very apt interpretation indeed! Thank you. I think this is a hyperbolical dream. For surely, there are and had been individuals who see beyond the glass bubble world created by commercialism.
But as in any dream, different versions of interpretation is normal: in metaphysics, for example, the Buddha said that the world is immersed in suffering due to ignorance. Could be any kind of ignorance. Like what you said, doing and acquiring things which they think is what makes them happy. The Buddhas, or Awakened ones, past and present, have transcended the bubble world and could influence.
Is the glass bubble necessary? Hmm, very interesting question. I don’t know … never thought if it’s necessary or not. What do you think? 🙂
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A simple answer does not give sufficient respect to the question, and now is not a good time to really think it through, but I would suggest that it does protect so many people from their own shortcomings.
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