"Surrealism - in particular with Salvador Dali - was all about ego. It was all about extreme individualism." (Alejandro Jodorowsky)
I am drawn to surrealism because, primarily, it enhances the reality for me rather than negating it or destroying it. If occasionally it appears as though it has decimated reality, then that reality was perhaps obsolete or self-incinerating anyway.
There is a tendency to see such expressions as ego-gratifying, but really isn't all expression about the ego, and in fact the subconscious? Is it not something deeply felt? Dali himself had stated:
"Instead of stubbornly attempting to use surrealism for purposes of subversion, it is necessary to try to make of surrealism something as solid, complete and classic as the works of museums."
I wouldn't sniff at subversion, though. It often sows the seeds of revolt and change.
There is the more human and humane aspect, exemplified in this brilliant clip. From a rhinocerous image to falling in love with someone from a different time — isn't what we see often what we want to see?