While people dream, they usually do not realize they are dreaming (if they do, it is called a lucid dream). This has led philosophers to wonder whether one could actually be dreaming constantly, instead of being in waking reality (or at least that one cannot be certain, at any given point in time, that one is not dreaming). In the West, this philosophical puzzle was referred to by Plato (Theaetetus 158b-d) and Aristotle (Metaphysics 1011a6). Having received serious attention in René Descartes' Meditations on First Philosophy, the dream argument has become one of the most prominent skeptical hypotheses which clearly has an archetype in elements of Plato's Allegory of the Cave also.
Do you believe we live in that theory or other similar theories?
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"Do you believe we live in a dream?"
In short: In dream? No. Illusion? Yes.
In long: when I dream about pain (I fall, for example) I wake up immediately with a short moan. In "real" life I feel pain until it subsides, it doesn't disappear all the sudden like in case with waking up.
But I have read that our World (material, emotions/feelings, time especially) is an illusion.
When we die, we remember our previous selves, our higher self, we become whole again, so in some words we wake up from illusion :)0