This is a culture that will make you crazy. It will split you away from yourself and offer you diversions/distractions/denial in place of providing the ways and means to a life that is sustainable and vibrant, grounded in direction, meaning and hope. This is a culture devoid of direction, meaning and hope. All it has to offer are diversions, distraction and denial. Substitutes for life. Facsimiles of life. Plastic facades in place of life. Take away the drugs and alcohol that form the ground and foundation of life for most of the people you know, and what would their life hold for them? And here is all I have to offer them: Emptiness, stillness and silence, and the proposition that out of those three things properly applied in conjunction with their essential nature and their innate virtues/character, life will take root in them and grow them beyond anything they are capable of imagining for themselves. How many of them do you think have a chance of buying into that deal? Life pouring out, spilling over is well within our reach as a culture, and it far exceeds our grasp. And who can do anything about it? So we don't think about it, and take a pill. It's going nowhere. And gaining momentum.