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Yes, I used to refer to it as apocalyptical euphoria. If the world goes to hell, then the daily stresses goes away. Future stresses are expected to be more of a do-or-die quality (wheter it is the Revolution, Mad Max, or 1984 that comes along). Seen quite a bit of it in different settings.

Not to go all biological, but maybe many of us are better equiped for the do-or-die scenario with the adrenaline rush and all. But before we get some Eden-scenario, many of the daily stresses comes from upholding our place in the pack and that unfortunately looks like a constant.

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by A swedish kind of death on Wed Feb 15th, 2012 at 06:17:15 AM EST
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Status seeking (upholding our place in the pack) is definitely the big one. Even if you're fine with not playing that game, though, it's very hard to opt out of society altogether. Almost all land on the planet is "owned" and is part of the world economy even if only indirectly.

you are the media you consume.

by MillMan (millguy at gmail) on Wed Feb 15th, 2012 at 04:25:08 PM EST
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