We need no Gallup poll to tell us of the alarming turn toward drugs as a solution to human problems. For millions of persons, drug consumption has become a mechanical, day-to-day routine. There are pills to make us eat, pills to keep us from eating, pills to slow us down, pills to pick us up, pills to put us to sleep, alcohol to lessen our inhibition, alcohol to drown our sorrows. To forget cares and troubles, anxiety and loneliness, depression and alienation, masses of people have resorted to pill-popping, elbow-bending and main-lining.
Of all the complicated reasons behind drug-dependence, monotony and boredom seem to rank foremost. For so many, it seems, life has reached a point of utter drabness and tediousness. Little sets off one day from another, one month from another, one year from another. Family, friends, neighbors, acquaintances become insufferable, indistinguishable bores. One’s own self is a bore. Life is a bore. Whether alone or with others, the zest for life is…
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