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THE HISTORY OF DREAM INTERPRETATION abstraction, free to contemplate

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and aspire

to

the knowledge of the unknown, whether in

when

past, present or future:

again he has

al-

he has a quarI say, when, after pacifyrel against any one ing the two irrational principles, he rouses up the third, which is reason, before he takes his rest, then, as you know, he attains truth most nearly, and is least likely to be the sport of layed the passionate element,

if

—

and lawless

fantastic I

visions.

quite agree.

have been running into a which I desire to note is that in all of us, even in good men, there is a lawless wild-beast nature, which peers out in sleep. Pray, consider whether I am right, and you agree with me. In saying this

I

digression; but the point

Yes,

While

I

agree.

'^

Plato, like Freud, looks at

dreams

as the ex-

makes one interpretation to some

pression of the irrational animal in us, he qualification extent.

mood

He

which

of quiet

irrational.

restricts this

assumes that

if

the sleeper

and inner peace,

his

falls

dreams

asleep in a

will

be

least

This view, however, must not be confused

with the dualistic interpretation that dreams are the expression of both our irrational and our rational nature; to Plato they are essentiallv the expression of the savage

and

terrible in us

and only

less so in

the person

who

has achieved the greatest maturity and wisdom. ^

Plato's

(The

The Republic. Translated

Modem

Library,

New

York,

into English

by

Random House),

B. Jowett, M.A. pp. 330, 331.

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