If you could pass your whole life cared for in every way as you slumbered peacefully, entranced by wonderful dreams, would you do so?
Absolutely not. In fact, as much as I enjoy sleep, if I were given the opportunity to not spend a third of my life in sleep, I would. And by saying that, I mean, if there were some way to ensure that I didn’t need sleep to function, I’d absolutely go with that. Think of all the stuff we’d get accomplished if sleep wasn’t necessary!
But sleep is necessary. And I do enjoy sleep. I mean… I don’t know I’m enjoying it while I’m doing it because I’m obviously not conscious to be aware of my enjoyment. But I definitely enjoy the part where I wake up too early and realize I’ve got a couple more hours before I have to get up and I can lie back down and close my eyes again. That feels real good.
Enjoying the sleep I get does not mean I want to do nothing but sleep my life away. I don’t care how good the dreams are. Besides, if memory serves, they basically made a movie trilogy about how this is a bad idea. Little franchise called The Matrix. You should look it up.
But what would you do? Would you be willing to remain asleep 24/7 as long as someone took care of all your physical needs while you have constant awesome dreams? Let me know in the comments below!
*The Question of the Week can be found in The Book of Questions by Gregory Stock, Ph.D.