On “Waking Life”

Towards the end of the movie, the main character was not able to wake up from dreaming. When he asked people how he could wake up, some one told him (something like this): when we dream, it’s like we’re receiving an invitation to the spiritual world… every time we wake up, we’re rejecting the invitation. When we do take the invitation, we are gone forever, leaving the physical shell behind. The movie ends with the main character floating into the sky. Someone said that it means he’s taking theĀ invitation, in other words, he’s dead since he can’t wake up. On the other hand, it can also be seen as an endless nightmare of lucid dreaming. The character is aware that he is dreaming, but he does not have control over the dream, like our lack of control in a nightmare. The true master of lucid dreaming may be the ones who have mastery over one’s dream.

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