A deer in the forest has senses that let it monitor its environment out to a certain diameter. For the sake of the analogy let's say it's 250 meters, give or take depending on various factors (e.g. weather). That is all the deer needs. If a predator is further away then it doesn't really concern the deer. Now let's say we electronically augmented the deer's senses so that it could monitor the forest up to a kilometer around it. It would be aware of a lot more predators but that wouldn't actually be of any use to it because a predator further away than its unaugmented senses could detect shouldn't be of any concern. The only result of augmenting the deer's senses would be to stress the animal out, negatively impacting it. Almost every human being on the planet has senses that have been electronically augmented, through mass media and the internet and so on, resulting in the stresses of modern existence.
Where once cross-class voluntary federations held sway, national public life is now dominated by professional advocacy groups without chapters or members. And at the state and local levels, "voluntary groups" are, more often than not, nonprofit institutions through which paid employees deliver services and coordinate occasional volunteer projects. In our contemporary civic world, it is much easier to imagine Warren Durgin as the client of a nonprofit agency, or as a recipient of charitable assistance, than it is to envision him as an active member of any voluntary association that includes people from a broad range of social backgrounds - apart, perhaps, from a church.
This is a brave thing to say, considering the biggest fucking joke among the mentally "well" and conservatives alike is "triggers".
Don't you think that every generation could make a similar list to that, though?
I do, which is why I was saying that to combat the notion that my own generation had a period of "relative normalcy".
. What experts in the field ARE saying is that our current challenges are overriding the coping mechanisms of huge swathes of our society in ways they have never seen before.
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