Social Dreaming in the 21st Century: The World We Are Losing by John Clare

By John Clare

The decline in social harmony, the fragmentation of communal values and a transforming into experience of 'I' instead of 'we', are all symptoms of an inversion of ethical certitudes, a disconnection from fact. This booklet asks what tools will we have at our disposal to appreciate and opposite this breakdown of conversation inside of and among groups.

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Social Dreaming in the 21st Century: The World We Are Losing

The decline in social unity, the fragmentation of communal values and a turning out to be experience of 'I' in place of 'we', are all indicators of an inversion of ethical certitudes, a disconnection from fact. This ebook asks what equipment can we have at our disposal to appreciate and opposite this breakdown of communique inside and among groups.

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In normal everyday life there is often a self-scrutiny behind our public persona, an observing self-invigilator who checks and mediates our performance while simultaneously trying to second guess the response of others. Participants in the matrix are noticeably less calculating as they speak their dreams and respond to those of others. There is a less contrived presentation of the dreaming self. A dream is just a dream. We know not where it came from, nor where it will lead. Like musicians in a jazz ensemble, dream tellers play together and improvise.

A character springs to life and you see someone in your mind’s eye, you have an emotional sense of who they are, a coherent solid image of a person, an internal memory of their being. Emotion returns before memory. You remember how you feel about that person. indb 7 10/15/09 8:16:09 PM 8 S O C I A L D R E A M I N G I N T H E 2 1 S T C E N T U RY no idea who that person is. We do not experience our own self as a coherent character. We are not logical or consistent, we change from moment to moment, we are endlessly contradictory and who we are could not possibly be summed up in a name.

Early Paleolithic cave paintings described a vision without the hindsight of history and civilization, a view free of self-surveillance. Here is one representation of the sense-world we risk losing, with its lack of propriety, its subliminal sensitivity, its intuitive understanding of nature and its receptiveness to the dream. The way we see and understand reality has changed and with that something vital has disappeared. It is this intuitive, numinous way of seeing which can, in some ways, be revived in the social dreaming process.

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