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“More and more people in the US are taking prescribed anti-depressants and anti-psychotics.  The numbers are one in five men, and one in four women are taking these mind altering drugs.  If industrial civilization and capitalism provide such a wonderful ‘standard of living;’ if this way of life is the pinnacle of human existence, why does almost a quarter of the population require a drug to make them feel better about it? Add in the number of people who drink alcohol or smoke marijuana, and it’s likely that a large majority of the population needs to achieve an altered state of consciousness on a regular basis merely to cope with the daily requirements leveled on their shoulders by this society. But if we zoom out, we see happy shoppers and smiling twenty somethings taking ‘selfies’ by the thousands.”  – Eamon Farrelly, from Mechanistic Progress; Holistic Wisdom

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