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"We respond to a drama to that extent to which it corresponds to our dreamlife." David Mamet

I wonder if that means that those of us who respond to a wide range of dramas have an active dreamlife?

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I like that... but, for me, I also respond much more strongly to dramas that I can relate to my real life. If a show doesn't have a character the I can understand, I rarely get very attached to it.

Who's David Mamet?
Mamet is, to quote Wikipedia, "an American playwright, screenwriter, director, poet, essayist and novelist". The most famous of his screenplays was "The Postman Always Rings Twice". Buffy fans may be interested to know he was once married to Lindsay Crouse. :)

I don't think you can rule out understanding through imagination. Our "real" lives aren't big and broad enough to show us all human experience. You're strongly grounded, though.
Possibly, but doesn't that, in another sort of way, limit us to which we can respond?

Or perhaps i'm guessing around the meaning of 'drama' in the first place.

Thanks for adding me ;)
My pleasure!!

Drama, in this context - I think - is a dramatic work of fiction, most likely a play or movie, given the source of the quote. But what do you mean by "limit us"? I'm curious!
By 'limit us' it means it fully influences how we see the world or how others see us--that we can see no other way. If we are creative, we are forced to see things in a creative aspect, if we are pessimistic, likewise.

I think in tangents.
I'm not quite sure what this means, but I do have a very active dreamlife as well as an active imagination. And I do respond to a very wide range of drama, as you well know. I wonder if "dreamlife" pertains to daydreams as well, because I certainly also have a very active "daydreamlife".
I think he's referring to any life of the imagination.

Of course, I could be totally wrong.