I am still thinking about the Maine Hermit article I linked to yesterday.
The hermit’s only lesson, from 27 years of solitude, he claims is “Get enough sleep”
I’ve been thinking a lot about this advice.
I was thinking of getting enough sleep, and being safe enough to sleep soundly, as being an evolutionary advantage — those who consistently dream being the fittest of the species…Dreaming as evolutionary advantage.
Of course, yes, in the standard sense: we rehearse reacting to danger in dreams, and then are better prepared in waking life, and that’s an advantage. But what if we look at the really far out, abstract, absurd elements of dreaming as an evolutionary advantage? What if those with the wildest, weirdest dreams are somehow poised to be the next fittest of the species?