THE REAL SCIENCE BEHIND:
The Sleep of Reason Produces Monsters
THE SLEEP OF REASON grapples with the question of how people can be so awful to each other, openly wondering if there are things we don’t understand about ourselves that explain man’s inhumanity to man. Our country is now mired in questions: How do parents live in a world where our children are murdered inside their schools? How do we rationalize the 307 mass shootings that occurred in the first 311 days of 2018? How do we reconcile the fact that women still make less than men, that our president can say he “grabs women by the p****” and still get elected, that when Alyssa Milano on a whim tweets "If you've been sexually harassed or assaulted write 'me too' as a reply to this tweet," she wakes in the morning to find 30,000 responses? With the #metoo movement, and the #neveragain crusade, more and more people are asking—Is there such a thing as evil, or are we broken biology? And if we are broken, how do we fix us? In this way THE SLEEP OF REASON couldn’t be more timely. We live in a world that bears more than passing resemblance to the pre-apocalyptic world LeeCee sees approaching; we would do well to consider why.
Margaret Riley is a wordsmith, slow-kayaker, slow-skiier, photographer of strange realities, and a deep believer in the magic of story time.