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multiple18-Mar-2007dreamsKristal_Rose by votes51656.5%


If the after-life was a dream...

Supposing their were an afterlife, and it was just an infinitely long dream based on your existing life experiences, how would you feel about this?

11Cool. I like my dreams.
11I was hoping for more than that.
10Oh man, I need to start racking up some better life experiences.
8I was hoping for something entirely different.
6None of these options.
5Please, no more of this.
5You mean I'm not dreaming already?
2Some other option(s).

bill Bronze Star Survey Creator
posted 19-Mar-2007 7:31am  
I recently watched Open Your Eyes (Abre los ojos) (1997) (Vanilla Sky was a remake of this film), and it has a similar thing going on in it.

I'm having trouble answering this survey. I don't think there is an afterlife. So, I suppose anything other than nothing is better. But, recycling my life experiences seems like it would get old pretty fast. Can I dream up some new experiences? Can I lucid dream a little? It's hard for me even to say if I like my dreams. Sometimes, I do, I suppose. But, I don't really think of them that way, they just are. Mostly, I don't remember them very well and they don't make a lot of sense. So... wry smile
posted 19-Mar-2007 7:36am  
I need to start racking up some better life experiences.
romkey Survey Central Gold Subscriber
posted 19-Mar-2007 9:38am  
I would be quite shocked that there was an afterlife.
Enheduanna Survey Central Subscriber
posted 19-Mar-2007 10:08am  
It would depend on whether it was my good dreams or bad dreams. Either way, though, it might be a little frustrating, since my dreams are frequently a little nonsensical.
posted 19-Mar-2007 10:26am  
can someone please help me?

posted 19-Mar-2007 10:40am  
(reply to blondie20) posted 19-Mar-2007 12:15pm  
> I need to start racking up some better life experiences.

same here lol
One night stands
Stayin out late

I think im goin to hell............... surprise
posted 19-Mar-2007 12:30pm  
An infinitely long dream derived from a finite source material is the worst form of torture imaginable.
posted 19-Mar-2007 1:18pm  
Some of my dreams are really nice, some are just strange and some are absolutely terrifying - it's not what I would hope for as an afterlife. And if the dreams were just based on things that had already happened, it would be living the same thing again. It wasn't much fun the first time, wouldn't want to do all that again!
posted 19-Mar-2007 2:22pm  
I would hope for something different, but similar. Something along the lines of similar to reincarnation where in the next life you live as a regular human being with its normal ups and downs.

I just saw the movie Brain Candy yesterday. I am kinda hoping that "heaven" wouldn't be anything like that, where you are constantly living in bliss reliving happy memories, but more like real life where you still get fired or attacked by violent random criminals once in a while, and you still have to go to work 9-to-5 (maybe it gets cut to 10-to-4); except maybe you get given "immortality" or something and you don't have children or age and stay at 30.

This is all assuming that there actually is something like an afterlife and also assuming that right now isn't a dread already.
(reply to thecomic22) posted 19-Mar-2007 2:27pm  
I think I'll be going there too wry smile
posted 19-Mar-2007 2:48pm  
It's okay - I'll just deal with the fact that I am going to cease to be.
posted 19-Mar-2007 2:49pm  
Make it stop, Jesus!
(reply to blondie20) posted 19-Mar-2007 2:55pm  
I wont be lonely! smile I'll save ya a seat by me! It'll be fun! Wait a sec, hell? Thats the place with the dude with horns & wings right? aw fudge! RUN!!!!!!
posted 19-Mar-2007 3:46pm  
I was hoping for more than that
(reply to thecomic22) posted 19-Mar-2007 5:22pm  
laughing out loud Maybe the devil will be afraid we'll take over.
(reply to blondie20) posted 19-Mar-2007 5:24pm  
> laughing out loud Maybe the devil will be afraid we'll take
> over.

Damn right! You can be the president of hell, and I'll be the secretary! ''lets see, *checks files* Oh yea, scott your ass is SO mine, lol. to qoute Freddy Krouger: ''Welcome to my world dog'' laughing out loud
(reply to thecomic22) posted 19-Mar-2007 5:26pm  
I know several people I would like to put on the list laughing out loud
(reply to blondie20) posted 19-Mar-2007 5:27pm  
laughing out loud Same here laughing out loud
(reply to thecomic22) posted 19-Mar-2007 5:30pm  
laughing out loud wink
posted 19-Mar-2007 5:42pm  
Most of these options.

It seems I've replaced real life with dreaming lately. The dreams are great, but I'd rather do earthly things while I have the chance instead of sleeping till sunset. It's a vicious cycle.
(reply to bill) posted 19-Mar-2007 6:08pm  
The main intent of my question isn't actually about dreams or an 'after'life at all (especially if you don't even believe in one), it's about making the best of this life. I figure an eternity of reaping as one sowed might give people pause to consider just what it is they do here. My dreams take place in alternate realities anyhow, but I still think reincarnation is the best deal possible. (Better than spending eternity at the p-D Walmart, to be sure.)

How did Open Your Eyes compare to Vanilla Sky (which I enjoyed).

Oh yay, I notice a 'reply to Survey Creator' line now. Has that been around long. I was looking for it earlier.
posted 19-Mar-2007 7:25pm  
I was hoping for more than that, and for something entirely different.
bill Bronze Star Survey Creator
(reply to Kristal_Rose) posted 19-Mar-2007 9:01pm  
Open Your Eyes was better than Vanilla sky, though it's Spanish with subtitles...

It has been around for a couple months at least.
posted 19-Mar-2007 9:39pm  
None of these and I am dead and long gone this is the ghost of Sweetly99 farewell
(reply to bill) posted 19-Mar-2007 11:38pm  
thanks. Is that a character from 'A Scanner Darkly'? I've yet to see the movie, but loved the book.
Biggles Bronze Star Survey Creator
posted 20-Mar-2007 2:06am  
If the after-life was like my dreams, then romkey would be in hospital with a kidney problem and repeatedly flashing my grandmother! I always have strange dreams when I'm working nights...
Biggles Bronze Star Survey Creator
(reply to Kristal_Rose) posted 20-Mar-2007 2:09am  
My "needs work" was to your spelling and grammar...
(reply to Biggles) posted 20-Mar-2007 2:11am  
You need to work more nights and share your dreams! laughing out loud
Biggles Bronze Star Survey Creator
(reply to cabinfever) posted 20-Mar-2007 2:14am  
I don't want to share most of the dreams that I have with myself, never mind the world!
bill Bronze Star Survey Creator
(reply to Kristal_Rose) posted 20-Mar-2007 7:39am  
My avatar is a caricature of MC Frontalot from the CD art for "Nerdcore Rising".

You must stop whatever you're doing and go rent/buy 'A Scanner Darkly' right now! It's very true to the book, I think you'll like it a lot. I thought it really gave life to the book on top of that. It was great.

...sorry for over-hyping it, I suppose there's no chance you can like it as much as I did now that I've said all this.
(reply to Biggles) posted 20-Mar-2007 2:29pm  
Ah, the 'was', not 'were'. I hadn't noticed your correction. Upon examination, it doesn't make sense, and yet I'm sure it's at least fairly common to say such things as 'Supposing there were a nation that..'. I'll mind better in the future on that one.
(reply to bill) posted 20-Mar-2007 2:33pm  
Will do.

Minority Report and Blade Runner were improvments too in some respects, although some of the things that made P.K. Dick special were lost too. He has excellent concepts, but his writing is kind of clumsy.
bill Bronze Star Survey Creator
(reply to Kristal_Rose) posted 20-Mar-2007 3:47pm  
Minority Report and Blade Runner are crappy adaptations compared to Linklater's "A Scanner Darkly". I loved Blade Runner, but it's pretty different from "Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep". "Minority Report" and "Pay Check" where both just star-driven Hollywood swill.

I think clumsy is unfair, but to each his or her own.
posted 20-Mar-2007 3:58pm  
i like my dreams although sometimes they scare me
(reply to bill) posted 20-Mar-2007 6:00pm  
Let me put it this way, his stuff seldom flowed so naturally that I forget I was reading someone's writing. But then some people's speaking can be that way too, so if you're writing about such people, then it is realistic. I'm also bugged by movies where one gets the feeling that the actors trade places reciting lines (most any 70's movie)
posted 20-Mar-2007 6:04pm  
I had another sort of prophetic-like dream last night, in which I was walking along a california beach looking at an oil refinery with a hundred tanks half-buried in sand dunes and overgrown in ivy. It was almost pretty.
(reply to Kristal_Rose) posted 21-Mar-2007 12:19am  
Is this survey saying your after life would be like your dreams or like a dream of your life experiences?
(reply to RGirl) posted 21-Mar-2007 6:17am  
Well, both, if your dreams are like your life experiences. I'd call something like flying over things you'd seen in a movie or having all your teeth fall out to still be based on life experience.

I think my dream was psychically tied into a protest at the San Ramon, CA Chevron refinery taking place earlier that day (4th year of Iraq war), but a projection of what it will look like in the future.
Biggles Bronze Star Survey Creator
(reply to Kristal_Rose) posted 21-Mar-2007 4:59pm  
See that you does wink
posted 25-Mar-2007 8:02pm  
I was hoping for something entirely different.
they Survey Central Subscriber Bronze Star Survey Creator
posted 25-Mar-2007 11:13pm  
I don't know.
posted 26-Mar-2007 3:56am  
Well, I think I had a stroke half a week ago, and all the songs on the radio have been about heaven or death since then. I've gone so far as to start planning my next life and writing a will. I see the Dr in the morning about it.
(reply to Kristal_Rose) posted 27-Mar-2007 2:21am  
Are serious about the stroke?
(reply to RGirl) posted 27-Mar-2007 7:06pm  
Alas, yes. I have no idea for sure what it was. My ideas range from B12 deficiency to diabetes or MS. The sudden appearance of a bulging cranial artery sort of backs up the stroke/embolism theory though. I went to a doctor yesterday, but alas, the saying 'Couldn't be on time to save their life' applies to me, so I had to reschedule my appt. for tomorrow.
posted 8-Apr-2007 10:48am  
Is that chocolate on my hand?
posted 22-May-2007 2:30am  
Cool, but it would have to be surreal. David Lynch surreal.

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