Is reality more real than dream, or both are equal ? Based on the “Thoughts” by Blaise Pascal (17th century).
Text located on page 381 of the original manuscript.
If we were dreaming every night the same thing, it would affect us as much as the objects that we see every day. And if a craftsman was sure to dream every night, twelve hours, that he is king, I think that he would be almost as happy as a King who would dream every night, twelve hours, he would be a craftsman.
If we were dreaming every night that we are pursued by enemies, and agitated by painful phantoms, and we spent every day in various occupations, as when we do travel, we would suffer almost as much as if this was true, and it would be frightening to sleep, as we apprehend to wake up when we fear to face such misfortunes indeed. And indeed it would roughly the same evils than reality.
But because the dreams are all different, and that one diversifies, what one sees sets much less that what we see being awake, because of continuity, is yet not if continued and equal that it changes too, but less sharply, if rarely, as when we travel; and then they say : “It seems to me that I’m dreaming”; because life is a dream a little less.
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