It doesn't seem likely that we could survive in an empty world unless we were hallucinating. Could we be hallucinating our lives at this moment? Think about how it is when we dream, we're just using our imagination and memories and we hallucinate with almost all our senses because it feels real. Who knows, life is indeed confusing. The imaginary world seems to be interrupted by puberty when we go through a metamorphosis. Then we have to choose between the imaginary or reality. What is reality anyway and why does it have to be the ideal state of mind? You can experience both of them at the same time. I guess you will spend more time in a place where you feel most comfortable. Others who feel comfortable in reality will shame and bully those who feel comfortable in the imaginary. Why not believe in something if it makes you feel good? Let them stigmatize you, who cares, it feels ****ing good baby, this is your world!
They'll call you crazy to make everyone choose reality as the ideal state of mind. They'll stigmatize you like people with mental disorders or non/religious folk or any other difference. Call me crazy but I choose the imaginary/life is a dreamy haze/the matrix/real but unreal like a dream/hallucination. Maybe even reality is actually just a hallucination/a dreamy haze/the matrix/real but unreal like a dream. You can't blame me! I always think my dreams are real when I am in them! And then most of the time reality feels like a dream and other times like a dream come true. Who doesn't love to get high and hallucinate, to feel so comfortable they can lucid dream this reality away? Why do you think so many people love having sex in virtual reality? Because that reality feels like a lucid dream come true!
I have this book called Toltec Prophecies of Don Miguel Ruiz and on page 12 it talks about the dreaming mind. I used to get high reading this and thought I was going insane especially when someone was writing exactly what I believed in. See how cool it is to write books? It will attract whoever you want by saying whatever you please. It doesn't matter what you say, people will believe it if it is something they already believe.
"The function of our mind is to dream twenty-four hours a day. Awake or asleep, we dream with our mind, not with our brain. Yet, the brain knows that the mind is dreaming. The waking dream has a material structure. In sleep, the dream also seems to have a structure. While awake, our mind is affected by cycles of energy through the day as the light changes, and this rhythm gives the mind a notion of time and space. During sleep, we do not perceive energy from outside ourselves, but the mind dreams images including an image of our own body. We can talk, see and even fly in a dream. We do not notice that we are asleep when we are dreaming. Something makes the connection between the inner dream and the outer dream. That something is reason. Reason is the part of the mind that tries to qualify and understand everything. Reason wants to say, this is real and this is unreal. Reason gives us the illusion that the dream is real as long as the dream has the material framework we perceive as reality. We do not notice that we are interpreting reality according to the dream we are in at the moment."
Around early to mid/late 20s you will have to decide to stand for something because it will be a waste of life if you decide to fall for the peer pressure of group-think/society's ideal state of mind. Maybe it's time you set things straight with folks and peer pressure them into your ideal state of mind. See how they like it, see how they'll react. See how uncomfortable they feel and how hard it comes to them. Well it's obvious that what you focus most on becomes your world. Since they always pushed out the possibility of life being a dream because of group-think/society's ideal state of mind, they can't see it. Their world is not your world, even better you can be in two places at once because you're more open to many more possibilities of life.
Just because the group-think/society's ideal state of mind is reality doesn't mean they are right. The freedom to believe in whatever you want and not be shamed for it is right. You think you're crazy because you are made to feel different by others. You try to fit in reality because you want to feel the same and be accepted. You try to avoid going into your imaginary, you agree that it's wrong, crazy, childish and immature as they all say. You push it away and you focus yourself entirely on reality. For a while during intense school years it works well but you still feel lonely and awkward in reality. You really miss your own world. So you go back to it when you sleep and you wake up realizing that even those who believe in reality sleep and dream. Then it feels like they took something important from you. Why would you fall to their peer pressure to try to please and conform to their level of comfortable and miss out on what makes you feel like life is worth living? Who cares what others think. Be uncomfortable, be scary, be crazy, be you and the right people will be attracted to you.