Many of my students are sort of shell-shocked. They crave escape from the pressures of their lives, but also many of them feel numb, empty. They'd like to just go to sleep, but they also want desperately to feel something other than vaguely depressed. I was shocked to find out how many of them are on Prozac and other anti-depressants. And, of course, drugs and alcohol remain key ways of both numbing out to pain and fear, while at the same time trying to get more spontaneous feeling, pleasure or intensity.
I think that we are in the middle of a major sea-change in the way people experience the world, themselves, and what they take to be "reality."
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