Waking Life is an amazing animated film about Dreaming and Consciousness. It really warped my mind when I saw it. And led to countless hours of philosophical discussion with some friends about existentialism and life.
I think this dialogue kind of sums up a preview of the film:
- Man on the Train: Hey, are you a dreamer?
- Wiley: Yeah.
- Man on the Train: Haven’t seen too many of you around lately. Things have been tough lately for dreamers. They say dreaming is dead, no one does it anymore. It’s not dead it’s just that it’s been forgotten, removed from our language. Nobody teaches it so nobody knows it exists. And the dreamer is banished to obscurity. Well, I’m trying to change all that, and I hope you are too. By dreaming, every day. Dreaming with our hands and dreaming with our minds. Our planet is facing the greatest problems it’s ever faced, ever. So whatever you do, don’t be bored. This is absolutely the most exciting time we could have possibly hoped to be alive. And things are just starting.
- Man 3: If the world that we are forced to accept is false and nothing is true, then everything is possible.
- Man 4: On the way to discovering what we love, we will find everything we hate, everything that blocks our path to what we desire.
- Man 2: The comfort will never be comfortable for those who seek what is not on the market. A systematic questioning of the idea of happiness.
- Man 1: We’ll cut the vocal chords of every empowered speaker. We’ll yank the social symbols through the looking glass. We’ll devalue society’s currency. To confront the familiar.
- Man 4: Society is a fraud so complete and venal that it demands to be destroyed beyond the power of memory to recall its existence.
- Man 3: Where there is fire we will carry gasoline
- Man 4: Interrupt the continuum of everyday experience and all the normal expectations that go with it.
- Man 2: To live as if something actually depended on one’s actions
- Man 1: To rupture the spell of the ideology of commodified consumer society, so our repressed desires of more authentic nature can come forward.
- Man 3: To demonstrate the contrast between what life presently is and what it could be.
- Man 1: To immerse ourselves in the oblivion of actions and know we’re making it happen.
- Man 2: There will be an intensity never before known in everyday life to exchange love and hate, life and death, terror and redemption, repulsions and attractions.
- Man 3: An affirmation of freedom so reckless and unqualified, that it amounts to a total denial of every kind of restraint and limitation.