such stuff as dreams c / 'such stuff as dreams' is a pharmaceutical speculation proposing a new social and personal demand for drugs to help us to dream, rather than drugs that merely help us to sleep. The proposition is built upon the myth, and the beginnings of scientific research, asserting that Vitamin B-6 (pyridoxine) increases dream vividness and the ability to recall dreams. Such a shift in the use of nocturnal pharmaceutics might see us (re)develop a more sophisticated understanding of ourselves as both matter (our conscious self) as well as spirit (our unconscious self), rather than placing our entire concerns upon the former.
'Many cultures believed that what people see and do in their dreams is no less important than what they see and do while awake. Hence people actively developed their ability to dream, to remember dreams and even to control their actions in the dream world, which is known as 'lucid dreaming'. The modern world, in contrast, dismisses dreams as subconscious messages at best, and mental garbage at worst. Consequently, dreams play a much smaller part in our lives, few people actively develop their dreaming skills, and many people claim that they don't dream at all, or that they cannot remember any of their dreams'.
- Yuaval Noah Harari, Homo Deus
Our revels now are ended. These our actors,
As I foretold you, were all spirits, and
Are melted into air, into thin air:
And like the baseless fabric of this vision,
The cloud-capp'd tow'rs, the gorgeous palaces,
The solemn temples, the great globe itself,
Yea, all which it inherit, shall dissolve,
And, like this insubstantial pageant faded,
Leave not a rack behind. We are such stuff
As dreams are made on; and our little life
Is rounded with a sleep.
- William Shakespeare, The Tempest/ Act IV/ Scene 1
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