Zhuangzi and the cat
Honestly, I don't even know why I bother to contribute here seeing as I'm philosophically inept. And quite unable to stray from the order of the world and defy the normal ways of things as philosophy wants.
But I'd say this is Schrodinger's cat all over again. Is the cat in the box dead or alive? Could the cat in the box be both dead and alive as long as the box is shut? Could several timelines, that is, different branches of occurrence in time be created based on whether the cat existed, whether the cat put up a fight against being put in a box, whether the cat died, whether the cat lived or whether you opened the box at all?
Choices and views obviously make the difference here as well as your kind of insanity and level of thirst for answering questions that need not be answered.
Ergo, Zhuangzi is either dreaming about the butterfly OR the butterfly is dreaming about Zhuangzi. Some will say, Zhuangzi is dreaming about the butterfly AND the butterfly is dreaming about Zhuangzi. If I asked around I'm sure I'd find someone who would say there is a universe where Zhuangzi dreams of the butterfly and one where the butterfly dreams of Zhuangzi and there is no superposition of any kind.
I swear I know someone who would ask what a butterfly could possibly be doing dreaming about a human bound in the shackles of thinking and pressure and wandering the world, dying and killing searching for purpose. Is that a dream or a nightmare?
Worst of all, my best friend would tell me to fuck off.
I would say Zhuangzi and the butterfly are both simply figments of a mad (in an apparently profound and notable way) man's dreams or imagination. And therefore, do not deserve to be given any deep thought as they do not actually exist. (Look around, there's no shortage of more real questions to which answers need to be given.)
I guess what I'm trying and failing to point out here is that we don't all see the world in the same way. Zhang Zhu had his reason for raising this question as I have my reasons for writing it off. (Or did I?)