April 26th, 2015
This is the dilemma: At, say, 45, who the hell has time to work on something that could satisfy creatively long-term when next week’s bills will still be due? Maybe if you’ve spent years building up a nest egg you can take the time you need, but it’s the Gen-Xers’ lament that this has been harder to do throughout their lives. There are plenty of success stories out there, but there are just as many about people who were laid waste by any or all of the three crushing recessions America endured in our lifetime. My parents couldn’t have imagined being in my position when they were my age — and they still can’t — and if the various stories written lately about Gen-X hitting its inevitable mid-life crisis are true, I’m not the only one.
We, ironically, depend on Alcoholics Anonymous in this country rather than allowing for more progressive and scientific treatments and remedies for addiction. Our judicial system depends on it. Pop culture has made it iconic. We aren’t willing to truly consider the possibility that there are ways to save even more lives and help people overcome alcohol abuse and addiction even more effectively than what we’ve been doing for nearly a century. We just take it for granted now that A.A. is how you get sober, when maybe it’s not and maybe some who abuse alcohol don’t need to get sober at all.
Best of Banter: Ted Cruz on Gay Marriage, Melting Ice Caps, Chuck Norris and Staking Out the White House
From the river of B.S. spilling out of Ted Cruz’s mouth to the apocalyptic news that melting Antarctic ice sheets will cause 10-foot sea level rises by the end of the century, Banter staff have you covered with enough paddles to navigate your way through the deluge. Here’s the week that was, at The Daily Banter. What Ted Cruz Said… Read More