The Question (ID Number 416)...
...and the response:I wish it was enough to "say something" to them, but it's not. In Beyond Civilization I write, "It's estimated that in the last 40 years depression among children has increased by 1000% and teen suicide by 300%. Since 1997, classroom-assassins have killed two in Mississippi, three in Kentucky, five in Arkansas, and thirteen in Colorado. Make a graph of these numbers and watch them go exponential in years to come---unless we start giving our kids a new way to go and some real hope for the future." This is what they need---a new way to go and some real hope for the future---and nothing anyone merely "says" to them is going to help. It's taken me a while to see it clearly enough to talk about, but a new way to go is what's on offer in Beyond Civilization. I wish, too, that I could reduce it to a simple formula like Timothy Leary's "Tune in, Turn on, Drop Out," but if that were possible, it wouldn't have been necessary to write a book at all. Write a letter of thanks to Harmony Books for bringing it out in the fall of '99 instead of the spring of '00!
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