The Institue of SLEEP
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This is the institute of SLEEP, an uninteresting, blank faced building. It is beginning to show its age. You can see that, above the door, the P has dropped off.
Built in the 1950s, the institute served as a centre for research until some fifteen years ago. Since then its main role has been in archiving.
As Elias Canetti once commented, sleep is the moment when man is most powerless. The moment when each of us lays ourselves open to being overcome. And yet sleep is a necessity. It seems that however powerful we are during our waking hours, it is still necessary to return each night to this state of powerlessness.
Well aware of this weakness associated to sleep, the government has invested considerable research into the phenomenon - but to no great end. Absence of sleep quickly leads to incoherence and death. It seems that sleeping and waking, power and weakness, day and night, are as important to the human as the inner struggle between good and evil which exists in all of us.
Perhaps the dualities of sleep and waking, power and weakness, good and evil form part of a complex balancing system which helps to regulate our lives. It is no accident that the director of the Institute himself recommended that research be stopped, that the investigative capacity of the Institute be effectively put to bed.