Maybe I only exist in your mind

"Ethan: I keep thinking about something you said.
Julie: Something I said?
Ethan: Yeah. About how you often feel like you're observing your life from the perspective of an old women about to die. You remember that?
Julie: Yeah. I still feel that way sometimes; like i'm looking back on my lif. Like my waking life is her memories.
Ethan: Mmm, exactly. I heard that Tim Leary said, as he was dying, that he was looking forward to the moment when his body was dead, but his brain was still alive - you know how they say that there's still 6-12 mins of brain activity after everything else has shut down?
Julie: Mmm
Ethan: And a second of dream conciousness, right? Well, thats infinitly longer then a waking second. You know what I'm saying?
Julie: Oh yeah yeah yeah, definitely. For instance, I wake up and it's 10:12 and then I go back to sleep and I have those long, intricate, beautiful dreams that seem to last for hours and then I wake up and it's...10:13
Ethan: Yeah, exactly. So then 6-12 minutes, right? Of brain activity. I mean ... that could be your whole life. I mean you are that women looking back over everything.
Julie: Okey so what if I am? Then what would you be in all that?
Ethan: Whatever I am right now. I mean, maybe I only exist in your mind?"

Julie Delpy and Ethan Hawke in "Waking Life"


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