"Are you blind?" she screamed, "World War III has started and you're acting as if everything's just peachy"!, referring of course to current state of world.
The subject in my dream several nights ago I am very close to in real life. I recall replying something to effect that "I can understand why you think this, but world was not that great a place *before* 9/11 and terrorist attacks have only served as catalyst for positive, spiritual changes world needed to make anyway". Something in reality I have said to many people.
However, she rebutted, and this is verbatim: "You had better wake up and smell anthrax!"
I intensely dislike nightmares, and especially those that wake you up with a jolt like this did, but surreal conversation served as my own catalyst to change how I have been "existing" since September 11. I'll explain in a moment.
You may be having trouble sleeping or having dreams, or worse, nightmares related to terrorist attacks and current state of world. We are being told by experts that this is perfectly normal considering scale of senseless slaughter, onslaught of biological attacks and continual talk of more threats, even nuclear, and overall 'crisis coverage' bombardment in our lives day in and day out. I certainly believe them. If you weren't concerned about everything that is going on right now, including your own safety, you'd have to be pretty insensitive!
However, I believe biggest enemy we face right now is our personal preoccupation with these world events, and, level of "shutdown" we've allowed into our lives as a result. Just look around at what's happening, or better yet, not happening. Travellers and vacationers aren't flying and airlines and tourist industries are in deep financial trouble. People are avoiding public places and countless major events have been postponed or cancelled. You could probably hurl a good sized snowball through your local restaurants and not hit a patron. The stock market has plummeted and businesses large and small are beginning to fall by wayside in droves. People just aren't doing what they normally do and that includes spending money enjoying themselves.
Me? I readily admit that too many people have been in my miserable midst to hear me grumble in disgust about how slow my Internet sales have been. Not like me at all.
But come to think of it, I haven't bought a single thing on Internet since September 11! Nor in any department store. I haven't hopped on an airplane let alone ventured out to a restaurant. I haven't attended theatre or been to a sporting event either. I've been sitting in my office and running to nearest television for 5 weeks now, stuck in this fog, frozen, like too many people! So how could I then be expecting people to spend money on MY products when I wasn't buying theirs? Worse, how come I was not enjoying my life like I normally would? Am I not part of problem?