Boulevard of Broken Dreams in the Global Village

Anthropological Dreamtide -or- World Almanac of Dreams and Nightmares

The International Institute for Dream Research (IIDR) collects dreams from around the globe via the Internet. People from 162 countries have visited the IIDR website, for the most part in search of an answer to the perennial question “what does my dream mean?”  We are told that over 5000 languages are spoken on the planet, yet the dream remains a primal language which connects us all. The language and motivational process of dreaming began prior to the human invention of verbal speech. The tidal process of dreams and dreaming is washing over the planet as we speak. This daily tide of dreams and dreaming adds up to potentially trillions of dreams yearly, an ocean of dreams and poetic mindscapes circulating in the Global Village. Carl Jung believed that we always dream.

We can anthropologically organize this cultural tide of dreams creating a World almanac. This Dream Vision almanac can inform us about the everyday major conversational topics, its table of contents includes; Cultural diversity and competence, cultural and human geography, history, philosophy, government, leadership, institutions, military, demographics, ethnography, agriculture, economics and business, industry, art, literature, film, theatre, music, families, science, sociology, education, health and medicine, religion, mass media and communication, popular culture, transportation, science and technology and sports. All these topics and more are found in the tide of dreams, this "dreamtide" can provide sociometric data. Within this daily tide of dreamers, dreams and dreaming we find dramatic psychological patterns of creativity and destructiveness.

We find many living on the boulevard of broken dreams. If we could screen these dark dystopian dreams of destructiveness and make a documentary screenplay, we would find the film noir side of Dream Vision patterns, revealing our Civilizations discontents. This noir  Dream Vision film would expose an existential world view and world-weariness which is dominated by angst, anomie, alienation, cultural malaise, escapism and the evils of the world. The noir film "Sunset Boulevard" shows the archetypal dark side of the Hollywood dream factory's royal road of romance turned psychotic nightmare.

If we are to move away from destructiveness towards a creative, reparative, and reconciliatory culture based on the mediation of differences, of interests by conflict resolution, we will need to reveal and understand the Mysteries of the Dream in the Global Village. This new mythic understanding of the dramatic communication process of dreaming is imperative for our survival. We need not be doomed to the vicious perennial dystopian cycle of destructiveness, we can work to restore our individual and collective dream and communication patterns to health.

We can view, read and hear about the multitudes of those living on the Boulevard of Broken Dreams (listen Green Day's music video), these dreams can be scientifically and dramatically framed, indexed and organized by an ABC topic menu (I have included background information links for each topic);



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