Antifragile Quote 12 – Modern Disease – Overprotection – Treating Human as Machines

I feel anger and frustration when I think that one in ten Americans beyond the age of high school is on some kind of antidepressant, such as Prozac.

There may be a few good reasons to be on medication, in severely pathological cases, but my mood, my sadness, my bouts of anxiety, are a second source of intelligence—perhaps even the first source.

thanks to the modern disease of touristification. This is my term for an aspect of modern life that treats humans as washing machines, with simplified mechanical responses—and a detailed user’s manual. It is the systematic removal of uncertainty and randomness from things, trying to make matters highly predictable in their smallest details. All that for the sake of comfort, convenience, and efficiency.

The guilty parties are the education system, planning the funding of teleological scientific research, the French baccalaureate, gym machines, etc.

Much of modern life is preventable chronic stress injury.

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