Surreal is one of the words that is often misapplied, in my opinion. It means “marked by the intense irrational reality of a dream”*
I hear it used by the news media to describe current events. Indeed the rapid succession of fires, floods, storms, and temblors, the idea that WWIII will start at any moment, the incomprehensible and dangerous behavior of our elected leaders, the depths of moral depravity that many have willingly entered, and the illogical belief that apples are bananas and real news is “fake news” seems utterly irrational and make us think that we are part of some bizarre collective dream. It is not surprising then that the word “surreal” is bandied about.
But I will let you in on a little secret: it’s not surreal. It IS real. And it bites.
The sooner we get out of a state of denial that dictates that this is some nightmare that will evaporate when we wake up, the sooner we can get to work to fix things.
I think many of us need a cold bucket of water in the face.
ljg (c) 2017