A few nights ago, I dreamt that I was taken to Atlantis, which was naturally safe from the virus. In the city center was a neon supermarket that was basically the Pac-Man grid: Grocery supplies were floating in mid-air, and I had to "eat" them, just like in the game.
For all the inactivity consequenced by the lockdown, it's beyond clear that mental, emotional (and perhaps even spiritual) movements have not been quelled. If anything, they've been effectively fuelled by the global crisis. It's getting under our skin, seeping into deeeper strata of thought, manifesting in our dreams.
Case in point: idreamofcovid.com. The website compiles strange quarantine-era dreams from anonymous people worldwide. (You can submit your own dream, too!)
"Ten days into the Bay Area’s shelter-in-place order, I had a pretty vague dream, typically vague, in that I couldn’t really remember any of the details. Except I realized that the characters in my dream had been social distancing: meeting but not shaking hands, standing far apart from each other. Wow, I thought. That was quick. It hadn’t taken long at all for the changes in day-to-day life to fall into the churn of the unconscious," wrote the site's unnamed founder. "I was curious to know how the anxieties of the moment would translate to our dreams."
A related Twitter account retweets these dreams, many of which are somber, while others are darkly humorous.
As expected, these cryptic, vivid coronavirus dreams might be the mind's way of digesting everything that's happening. "There's the evolutionary theory that says we use dreams to try out different scenarios in a safe environment [that might be challenging or threatening in real life]," psychology professor Jason Ellis told CNN.
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