In Response to: The Value of Stress

It is the unwillingness of Americans to accept stress and work through it, and to find it also a potentially positive thing, which is responsible for the widespread use of drugs and for the opioid crisis. Life has never been easy or stressless, and the sooner one recognizes this, the better. Unfortunately, Americans are raised in the belief that life can and should be beautiful, at least those raised in bourgeois households with helicopter parents. Bourgeois values used to recommend hard work, self-reliance, struggle and self-control, but as a friend recently deceased once told me, the trouble with bourgeois values is that the bourgeoisie doesn't practice them any more.

Norman Ravitch *62
Savannah, Ga.