All of a sudden I knew that both bad and good occurred through that simple error. For bad was losing what I felt was a powerful statement about world peace and mental health . But I was also made to understand that I was trying to do too much. Composing two blogs while trying to answer over 1000 questions was just too much for an old man.
I had found it so remarkable that so many young people were interested in the musings of an old man that they would ask almost 2000 perceptive and thoughtful questions. Each one, I felt, deserved an answer. The questions were so heartfelt and sincere that I knew I would regret not answering as many as I possibly could. Thus rather than trying to prepare thoughtful essays on my rant, my efforts for the foreseeable future will be to answer the questions that were posed. What a personal joy for me to be asked and able to respond!
*The failure of society to consider mental illness appropriately can best be illustrated, I believe, in the presidential campaign of 1972. I wonder if young people are aware of it. Thomas Eagleton, who had served two terms in the Senate, had been selected by George McGovern as his vice-presidential nominee. Eagleton was forced to withdraw because it was later disclosed that he had previously been hospitalized for depression.