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New Poll - Waking Up
This week's poll was suggested by Baltha. Assuming that you're actually living out a dream while your actual body is in a coma, would you choose to wake up and rejoin the real world? Or stay in the only world you've actually experienced?

You can submit poll ideas here
http://www.mangaupdates.com/showtopic.php?tid=3903

Previous Poll Results:
Question: How's your manga reading habits during the pandemic?
Choices:
About the same - votes: 1614 (45.7%)
Been reading less - votes: 357 (10.1%)
Been reading more - votes: 1563 (44.2%)
There were 3534 total votes.
The poll ended: May 15th 2021

As some people have pointed out, the fact that MangaDex is currently down has impacted their manga reading habits more than the pandemic has
Posted by lambchopsil on 
May 15th 11:08pm
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» alidan on May 15th, 2021, 4:27pm

If my mind, in all its infinite possibilities cant even make a dream for me that is at least somewhat in my favor, what kind of abject hellscape put me in a coma?

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» dreamer00013 on May 15th, 2021, 4:39pm

I really like these recent polls, they make for interesting comments sections.

Personally, I'd want to wake up. Reality over dreams. Unless I'm in the matrix, then nevermind.

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» RoxFlowz on May 15th, 2021, 5:46pm

Recent polls have been really great.

This one is quite hard to answer. However, if I've been in a coma for a long time and I'm still alive, it's likely that I'm getting medical support, which means things likely aren't that bad. The other issue is that if I choose not to wake up, I'd have to continue living with the knowledge that everything is fake, which sucks a lot. So I guess waking up might be the better option.

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» Drisvisic on May 15th, 2021, 8:24pm

If you only ever experienced that dream as a reality, it depends on a few factors for deciding on whether or not you'd rejoin another reality. Are you content in the dream? Is the dream somewhat unsatisfying, but you've made peace with tolerating it? And is the dream disturbing to the point where leaving it seems like your best option of potentially escaping torment? I think most people would attempt to leave the dream in that worst case scenario. I don't think I'd leave the dream if I experienced either of the other two...I'm concerned with what comes after any of the realities conclude...

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» Trimutius on May 15th, 2021, 9:30pm

I have enough regrets that i would prefer to wake up in such situation

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» Communist_Rob on May 15th, 2021, 11:42pm

This poll really reminded me of the episode from Love Death Robots: Beyond the Aquila Rift

Is experiencing a false reality more preferable when the truth is more than what the mind can handle?

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» residentgrigo on May 16th, 2021, 12:25am

My life is nothing all that special so yes. Who knows if I would take the Red Pill if I was young Arnold Schwarzenegger or something.
Would Zhuangzi urge you to wake up? That´s the better question.
https://en.wikiquote.org/wiki/Zhuangzi
I wonder if ancient China had the Black Pill? Times were tough.

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» AquarianDemocrat on May 16th, 2021, 1:14pm

Quote from residentgrigo
My life is nothing all that special so yes. Who knows if I would take the Red Pill if I was young Arnold Schwarzenegger or something.
Would Zhuangzi urge you to wake up? That´s the better question.
https://en.wikiquote.org/wiki/Zhuangzi
I wonder if ancient China had the Black Pill? Times were tough ...


Well, I quite like my life but I would still choose to wake up. I don't see the point in avoiding reality. Some people rack up more credit card debt every month while trying to avoid reality - to me, this is similar to choosing to remain in a pleasant dream. If you choose not to wake up from your coma now, you may be forced awake later on - only you'll be older, weaker, ect. In the end, things are the way they are. Better to deal with reality today then try to put it off. So even though I'm quite happy with my life... and even if "reality" was quite awful... I'd wake up as soon as possible and get to work in "real" life.

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» FeaRimbor on May 16th, 2021, 9:49am

Assuming that I am dreaming "That Dream" of mine. Which is pretty much what i live for.

Short answer: I would wake up.

Not so long answer: I would wake up. No matter what, as a religous person (I am Muslim if anyone wonders) I cant neglect my duties for my god. That Dream of mine made me this religious anyway.
(why did I even bothered myself with that short answer, both is short enough)

But if I assumed there is no other life.
If I were aware of that i was dreaming. I would definitely wake up.
If it was a deal of blue or red pill. Since it makes me forget that it was all a dream I'd go for blue and enjoy my dream I guess.

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» YeyiTanemon on May 16th, 2021, 10:28am

Yes.
I mean it would be interesting to know what's reality.

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» MewMan on May 16th, 2021, 11:48am

I mean if it's terrible then yes 😁

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» NextUniverse on May 16th, 2021, 1:41pm

I voted No.

Am I one of the few people to say that? I don't want to take the risk and ignorance is bliss.
My current life is ridiculously uncertain, but idk if waking up will help my case lol.

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» Shippou_Incognito on May 16th, 2021, 2:06pm

You all need to start questioning everything thing that your teachers and professors are telling you. Seriously.

Or get out of school.

Grow a spine.

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» tanukischarm on May 16th, 2021, 3:15pm

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You all need to start questioning everything thing that your teachers and professors are telling you. Seriously.

I think I already have. I've had enough depression. I'm the realistic type but my circumstances make me want to run away all the time. It's not easy to get out once you're drowning in a sea of negativity.

I'm hopeless so I want to wake up from this dream. Naive thinking doesn't mean I'm dissatisfied with now either tho, I guess I just miss my old self. *I don't want to be told again by other people that everything will change in time haha. But even though the problems continue to test my mentality I think I also want to continue to steel myself to what extent I can go.

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» silvarion on May 16th, 2021, 3:10pm

Yes. the dream is just another life, after enjoying the dream I'd wake up and enjoy real life. it's like I live twice.

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» Zeyo on May 16th, 2021, 4:42pm

I chose "no" because I think I'm pretty lucky for the life I've had so far and don't want to take it for granted, no matter the troubles and tragedy.

But your answer really turned my head. Living two lives, I never thought of it that way. It's a striking idea and makes me think of those reincarnated/isekai manga. Maybe in my next life, I'll think like that too, haha.

I'm in total agreement that recent polls and their comments have been fun.

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» superspartan177 on May 16th, 2021, 5:53pm

TLDR: I should wake up. If im in a coma and found out and could have a choice I responsibly should wake up and face the real world, meet and deal with the passed time and continue on with real life but I choose No.

Partially in fear of not knowing how much time has passed, if the people in my real life have moved on and now im lonely with only being left with my life. My parents could have passed, I could have had no siblings, my lover or whomever I was with (if I even was) could have died, moved on, and simply could have given up. I could have been abandoned. There is always the opposite where there could only have been a weeks worth of time passed or despite how long people are still waiting for me, I could have had a kid who is waiting but the fear of knowing or finding out what really exists is terrifying.

I wake up to the endless stuff I dont have and had in a dream would be crushing and make me develop a living hell than any type of depression ive faced up till my current legitimate life. Wanting to die, attempting suicide would be a constant. Imagine the parents you hugged in a coma dream dont exist and the ones you have arent like that. Imagine if you wake up a different person from who you once were and now life wont work.

A siblings hug, a parents affection, the touch of a spouse, the pureness of a child, the happiness amongst the sadness. All the trials you had overcame just to find put they meant nothing. All the school you went through is just useless lol, worrying about exams nah worry about the hospital fee's when you wake up from a coma. Taking the chance to lose everything by waking up is something I cannot bring myself to do unless my life was absolute shit or in a position where its equal to dying.

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» eccentrrick on May 16th, 2021, 10:17pm

Yes, I would choose to wake up and see how my life has been so far. If it's different from my current reality, that would be nice

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» HikaruYami on May 17th, 2021, 12:56pm

I actually love my life, unlike the average millennial, but I'd still choose yes. I know I selected "it doesn't matter" for "is this world a simulation" in that previous poll, but that only really applies when we can't ever possibly know it. If we do actually find out with certainty that the world is a simulation--even a self-inflicted one--then it is the responsibility of any conscious being to act as a seeker of knowledge and find out what the "real" world is like.

It'd be ideal if I could then return to this dream at will afterwards. But if I can't, that's just the price, I guess.

Needs to be hard proof and a painless exit method though. None of this hypothetical "you've gotta kill yourself in this world to see reality" scifi bullshit.

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» Shalesia27 on May 17th, 2021, 5:29pm

Very interesting topic! 😲 Ultimately, I would pick yes to wake up. Even though I am content with and love the life, family, and friends that I have, if it was all a dream, everything would a lie. None of it would be real and my body would realistically be wasting away in the mean time. If anything I would hope to quickly wake up to avoid contracture or pressure ulcers. Yes, there’s the possibility that my actual life maybe completely different or less ideal, but the way I see it once I’m awake I can work on fixing it. I had to work to create the lifestyle I currently lead now, so the idea of doing it again wouldn’t deter me. If anything I can see myself being more adventurous. 😎 It helps that I’m very optimistic.

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» bravest-c on May 18th, 2021, 2:45pm

Those who answered they don't wanna wake up must be depressed people... It's me. I'm the depressed people. 😪😴💭🌠

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» hkanz on May 19th, 2021, 6:00am

That’s hard. I think I would have to say ‘yes’ because of curiosity and the people worrying about coma-me, but I would be worried about waking up to severe paralysis or something.

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» mallika23 on May 20th, 2021, 9:57pm

Yes. Who knows what kind of world I would be in when I wake up if this was a dream? It might be better or worse.. But I wouldn't know until I wake up. Though, I have to admit it would be devastating if I were to wake up in a world like "The Promised Neverland", in the middle of war zone/conflict area, or if turned out I was about to be sold in the black market. 😅

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» Baltha on May 20th, 2021, 11:41pm

Where I'm coming from with this was basically...
If you don't know anything about reality, then there's always a chance that it's a universe working fundamentally different than this world we live in. In reality, you could be a rat that's been flung against a wall by a cat, and to prevent you from suffering through being chewed alive, your brain created this world to keep your perception locked down.
By fundamentally different, I also mean that a relative short period of time in reality (assuming there is something like time) could mean thousands of years in our universe, which could mean that you underwent cycles of reincarnation experiencing the whole history of life (fabricated by your brain).


What bothers me more, though, is...
Under that assumption, you could say that this whole world was created by your brain, and that it stops existing when you're waking up. This basically means death to everything and everyone you've ever known.

Of course, this dream could always be just your brain sending you a series of pre-determined pictures that you're just watching until the dream ends. So it may not be much different from reading a manga, where it's up to your willingness to empathize with the characters whether you feel sad or not when something bad happens to them.

However, in line with the idea that reality could be completely different from what we could ever imagine, there's also a chance that your brain just created this whole universe with all of its laws. Offering you a playground to freely walk around a do stuff. For all you know, the people you meet are real and self-conscious. So if you decide to wake up, would that mean that you also decided to end this whole universe with everything it contains? After waking up, would you be sad that you'll never meet the people, animals, things again that you once knew?

That's the main thing I had in mind, even though I probably forgot a lot.


You could also round this up from another direction: What if you existed in a universe that's just a dream by some outside-entity, would you want them to wake up?
Spoiler (mouse over to view)
That's basically what The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening does. The Island and its inhabitants are dreamt up by the Windfish, and Link somehow ended up in that dream while he was sailing around and a storm wrecked his boat. The Windfish's nightmares prevented him from waking up, because that would've mean their doom. However, Link and the Windfish still had bodies to maintain, so it would have meant their death if they didn't wake up in time. That's why Link set out to wake up the Windfish and ultimately ended everyone and everything on that island. That one girl on the island was especially impressive, since it felt as if she'd know what was going on and what was going to happen. Yet she supported Link throughout his journey until the end.



For what I chose...
This world is a flippin' shithole and everyone I knew long enough to tell anything about is a goddamn asshat (yes, me too). I don't think anything that reality would offer could be much of a downgrade, especially since this world somehow still finds ways to make my situation worse.
However, I don't really give no fox anymore, so I don't mind waiting it out and have all of those lucky flippers in this world enjoy their stupid lives. That means: No.

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» AUOdere on May 22nd, 2021, 1:45pm

I voted no, because I'm pursuing my dreams, I have people I love and so many hopes and dreams for the future, be it real or not. Also, what is the actual reality? Is it a fantasy world? A world torn up from war? Was I in the middle of being tortured? Am I even still human? Too many variables to say yes too easily. I'd probably say yes when I've lived a long life or am consumed by some disease tho lol

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