“You live like this, sheltered, in a delicate world, and you believe you are living. Then you read a book… or you take a trip… and you discover that you are not living, that you are hibernating. The symptoms of hibernating are easily detectable: first, restlessness. The second symptom (when hibernating becomes dangerous and might degenerate into death): absence of pleasure. That is all. It appears like an innocuous illness. Monotony, boredom, death. Millions live like this (or die like this) without knowing it. They work in offices. They drive a car. They picnic with their families. They raise children. And then some shock treatment takes place, a person, a book, a song, and it awakens them and saves them from death.
Some never awaken. They are like the people who go to sleep in the snow and never awaken.”
– Anaïs Nin, The Diary of Anaïs Nin, Vol. 1: 1931-1934
In 1969, a 14-year-old Beatles fan named Jerry Levitan sneaked into John Lennon’s hotel room in Toronto and convinced him to do an interview. MUST SEE!!
– What’s this?
– I don’t remember it.
– I’ll help you.
Schools in SF that adopted a mandatory ‘Quiet Time’ (“Twice daily, a gong sounds in the classroom and rowdy adolescents, who normally can’t sit still for 10 seconds, shut their eyes and try to clear their minds”) saw dramatic changes in everything: grades improved, suspensions fell, crimes reduced, children were happier.. all that good stuff we already know and society is starting to understand.