In addition to our Immediate Consciousness, which if of a thoroughly Personal Nature, there exist a second Psychic System of a Collective, Universal and Impersonal Nature which is Identical in All Individuals.” - C.G.Jung

You mustn’t be afraid to dream a little bigger, darling.

Christopher Nolan, a director known for bending reality, gave an amazingly reality-based commencement address at Princeton on Monday. I had to read through it twice but I think he was trying to explain what Inception is about. Basically, he advised graduates to live in the present, not in fantasy worlds, and said that dreams are achieved by going out and dealing with reality. 

Because his unconventional words relate to Inception, and things Tom has said, I’m posting some of them here. [long post] [random bolding]

- on reality vs. dreams

“In the great tradition of these speeches, generally someone says something along the lines of ‘Chase your dreams,’ but I don’t want to tell you that because I don’t believe that,” Nolan told the students at Class Day. “I don’t want you to chase your dreams. I want you to chase your reality. I want you to understand that you chase your reality not at the expense of your dreams, but as the foundation of your dreams.”

“I feel that over time, we started to view reality as the poor cousin to our dreams, in a sense. … I want to make the case to you that our dreams, our virtual realities, these abstractions that we enjoy and surround ourselves with — they are subsets of reality.”

- on Inception

“The way the end of [Inception] worked, Leonardo DiCaprio’s character Cobb — he was off with his kids, he was in his own subjective reality. He didn’t really care anymore, and that makes a statement: perhaps, all levels of reality are valid. The camera moves over the spinning top just before it appears to be wobbling, it was cut to black.

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