I can only speak from personal experience, but my encounter with these drugs has helped me connect with the people in my life in ways I couldn’t before, mostly because I was selfish or in my own head or sometimes just an asshole. It’s not as though I’m no longer selfish or in my own head or an asshole, but I’ve disrupted some of these patterns, and that’s been the difference for me.
There’s a mental health crisis in this country, and it’s getting worse. Rates of depression and suicide are climbing, as are addictive behaviors. And it’s not just in America; it’s a global problem. The world we’re living in is putting a lot of pressure on human minds, and some can cope better than others
The way I describe it in the book is that you have this historical anomaly where young people were having a rite of passage that old people didn’t understand.