Waking Up To Dream

April 19, 2009 | 1 Comment

Category: Future, Society, Unconscious, Web

What evidence is there that aboriginal dream consciousness is re-emerging into modern global culture?  In what ways might our society be taking the ship of state below the surface to deep waters mostly familiar to the artist, the mystic and child?

As society becomes more horizontal, exhibiting neoteny, there will be a prolonging of features of the infant into the adult, the aboriginal into modern society, with those that are on the fringes, such as people in poverty, ethnic minorities, artists, musicians and the Left, moving toward the conventional center.

There are the perhaps obvious signs of societal transformation seen in the dramatic increases in transparency, vast horizontal communications through new technologies via our youth and an astonishing surge in diversity as people across the world meet and communicate online.  We are observing Scandinavian economic and social support models heavily influencing the American economic transformation.  Scandinavians, both sexes, exhibit neoteny.  I don’t note any enhancement of dream consciousness or the influence of dream on their everyday.  But I am observing something very similar.

If features of dream were to emerge into waking, not unlike the vision quests of American aboriginals or aboriginal Australians, how exactly would they manifest?

Alternative online worlds such as Second Life offer not exactly dream, but a shared alternative reality.  There are now several different massive multiplayer virtual worlds, including Entropia Universe, IMVU, There, Active Worlds, Kaneva, Moove and Red Light Center.  (See Wikipedia for details.)

One of the most robust of these online communities, Entropia Universe, was developed by a Swedish firm.  It is free, maintains its own currency pegged against the dollar, is profitable and growing.  Its number of registered participants is approaching one million.

Consider that the aboriginalization of modern society involves the integration of virtual realities into waking life.  I would also expect a dramatic diminution in reading (reading during dreaming is almost impossible) with a surge in computers with no keyboards but with an ability to interpret what you speak.  With a drop in literacy, there will be an increase in articulateness, with those with gifts in spoken word achieving a prominence impossible in a world where the written word was necessary to achieve status.

Signage will evolve to mostly imagery with a future global written language featuring mostly iconic images instead of written speech.  In China, many different languages share the same exact iconic writing system, allowing people to communicate in symbols with no ability to exchange spoken words.  Two generations from now, I expect there will be a universal written iconic language with many children growing up without an ability to read or write their own nation’s language.  Technology will make illiteracy chic.  Oralacy, as opposed to literacy will be in demand.

Applying the effects of ontogeny’s neoteny to a different scale, society, one can make predictions on how the future will transform.  Noting that dream or dream consciousness is a feature of the very young and of ancient matrifocal aboriginal societies, consider that dream is in the process of becoming integrated with current waking life.

Row, row, row your boat gently down the stream.  Merrily, merrily, merrily, merrily….


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  1. Mark S on June 22, 2009 7:01 am

    Again with the Michael Ventura, Andrew (I see now your educational background is fine arts with an emphasis on psychology, and it wouldn’t surprise me in any case if you’ve already absorbed both Hillman and Ventura). At any rate, I had just finished re-reading this of Ventura’s [http://preview.tinyurl.com/lqgwyq] because at least in terms of metaphor, I remembered how it resonated with the concept of neotony. He’s talking about a prolongation of the aboriginal initiatory moment in modern (post-WWII) society; I was having trouble seeing much in the way of useful parallels with neoteny … and then I read this post of yours, which opens with a question Ventura’s piece seems to be answering directly. I’m away from my books right now, but there’s much more of his that resonates with your above post in his Letters at 3AM: http://www.amazon.com/Letters-at-3Am-Reports-Endarkenment/dp/0882143611 However you arrived here, it’s wonderful to see these ideas popping up again; I pretty much finished reading in this area fifteen years or so ago, and have paid little attention to what’s come since — if you’ll forgive a bad pun, it’s “Springtime for Hillman, and Neoteny” (yeah, sorry, even if you have seen The Producers).

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