Dear Jonny, Sum Up The Matter?
I just finished a fourteen page sociology paper on the causes behind modern man’s increased depression and decreased intelligence. I make some slick points at times yet I think I may have somehow missed the mark. I was wondering if you’d sum up your thoughts on the matter.
I personally believe that our widespread decline into depression and stupidity is a direct result of two things: Environment and Science. We have made every attempt to separate ourselves entirely from the natural world, and our once-useful highly-evolved instincts have become obsolete, and serve no greater purpose than to help us “survive” in an evolutionarily meaningless society. Within this context, advances in technology have afforded many of us the luxury of accomplishing our work with much less effort and thought, and medical breakthroughs allow us to remain “healthy” despite underexercising and overfeeding. Taken together, it is no wonder we are becoming increasingly depressed and stupid. These extremely unnatural circumstances have transformed us into eerily complacent drones that occasionally break out of our shells long enough to catch a glimpse of how utterly miserable we are, at which point our therapists put us on Prozac or equivalent. Then, forgetting our sadness, we continue on our collective downward spiral, blissfully ignorant and smiling all the way.