Why do I feel like I’m in a dream?

This morning, as on many occasions I felt rather odd. My drive to work felt like a journey through a Salvador Dali painting. Every scene I passed seemed a little surreal and the connection between my mind, body and it’s surrounding didn’t feel all too solid. Whilst I would love to put this down lack of sleep, too many beverages of a refreshing adult nature the night before or some illicit hilucinogen… No such luck. So what causes this weirdness? I have a theory…

I believe many people are suffering from what I call “Cave Man Blues”. I’m no scientist, I’m not going to bother coming up with a proper name like “modern dissasociative disorder”… Although that does fit and sounds pretty good actually… Nah, it’s the cave man blues. So what is it?

The cave man blues is our mind starting to unravel under the stress of modernity. Evolution is a slow process, very slow. It takes tens of thousands of years for significant changes to take place to our bodies and brains. However our society, economics and technology have changed almost unrecognisably in just the last couple of thousand. This process is speeding up exponentially and in the last 100 years especially, it’s been mental. The tipping point has been the digital age. Since the 90’s, the whole world has been connected. Since to 00’s this connection has been constant. Our brains are simply not used to processing this much information on a constant basis. Our brain expects us to wake up, kill and eat something, maybe get lucky, then go to sleep. Things are much more complicated than this now.

Our brains are more than capable of processing what this world can throw at them given enough time, but our biology requires more time to adapt to change. That’s why we’re loosing it. Well that’s what I reckon anyway. Let me know what you think.

RJS

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