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Richard Tarnas in The Passion of the Western Mind describes the current generation as schizophrenic in the sense that it is unable to resolve the contradictory messages of being alone in the world and communicative, of being conscious and personal in an unconscious, impersonal universe.

He goes on to suggest that our generation is responding in the characteristic ways that people do in similar social or family situations

  • Inner realities are distorted, either by apathy and psychic numbing, or narcissism or egocentrism
  • Outer realities are submitted to as the only reality or aggressively objectified and exploited
  • Escapism through compulsive economic consumption, absorption in mass media, faddism, cults, ideologies, nationalistic fervour, alcoholism, drug addiction
  • Where such strategies cannot be maintained, it gives to anxiety, paranoia, chronic hostility, helpless victimization, hyperskepticism, and nihilism

How well do you think this describes our world today?

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