I’m fascinated with the idea of personal identity and if your self changes over time, whether we should care about ourselves in the future etc.
So the question is, ‘Is the person who you feel to be yourself in a lucid dream, the person that feels and has many of your attributes, really the same person that you are in reality?’
I guess I could ask the same question applying to non-lucid dreams but LDs are more closely linked to reality, more vivid and as you are meant to be in control of them and (most of us) actively strive to experience them, it would be more troubling to realise that the dream self and the real self aren’t identical.
I ask this because often in lucid dreams (and very often in normal dreams) I am not exactly the same as I am in real life. Physically I can be very different, but that is not very interesting, it is mentally that I mean. The things that I say I will do when I LD, I don’t actually do and I just ‘think’ differently. Partly, this will be because of the excitement/anxiety that you are realising the unreality of your surroundings but I feel it is more than this. Possibly, it is because parts of your brain that are active in waking life are not active in dreams, or perhaps they are over-active. This would have the effect that you have an altered mind in the dream.
Sorry for such a long post, what do you think?