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  •  It's really hard to deal rationally (none)
    with mental illness, undiagnosed and unadmitted to.

    Leon Festinger, in "When Prophecy Fails" describes a flying saucer cult in the 1950s that prepared for various "landing dates", when its followers would be taken up to a better place, which of course never happened.

    But, each time the appointed date passed, half the members would fall away from the cult, and the other half would rationalize the failure and re-double their faith.  (And re-doubling their recruitment efforts, as well.)

    That seems to be how the human brain is wired in times of stress.

    And who can say that the human race has not been under stress?

    We evolved from a million years as hunter-gatherers.

    We had 10,000 years of herding/agriculture in which our political systems adapted, but not our brains/bodies/emotions.

    And now, 200 years of industrial and post-industrial technology, where one person can create a breakthrough that others must then deal with, and which they are usually incapable of responding to rapidly.  One result, perhaps, was a century in which wars killed a hundred millions.

    No wonder some people are living a life called "Stop the World.  I want to get off."

    Preserve yourself; think ahead as to how this adaptable species can jump a couple speeds ahead, and catch up with what it has created, using what faculties are already organically within us.

    Pity the casualties, but don't let them take you down with them.  Be there on the other side... (btw, IMO, this adaptation called DailyKos is a striking part of that recovery model  -- that's why everything we do here counts so much)

    If a thousand men were not to pay their tax bills this year, that would not be a violent and bloody measure, as it would be to pay them, and enable the State...

    by HenryDavid on Sat Dec 31, 2005 at 12:23:46 PM PST

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