Prozac Nation

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I have finished reading the wheel of time series (well all that there is right now) and I have started to read Prozac Nation by Elizabeth Wurtzel. It is an ok book, basically she rants about how bad she feels all the time. It is interesting to gain a little of the perspective of what a manic depressant feels. Anyway, she did have one good idea about the family unit and divorce.

"Really nothing is suprising. My father had a child that he didn't have too much trouble walking away from; it seems only natural that so many of us have pregnancies that we can abandon even more easily. After a while, meaning and implication detach themselves from everything. If one can be a father and assume no obligations, it follows that one can be a boyfriend and do nothing at all. Pretty soon you can add friend, acquaintace, coworker, and just about anyone else to the long list of people who seem to be part of your life, thought there is no code of conduct that they must adhere to. Pretty soon, it seems unreasonabel to be bothered or outraged by much of anything because, well, what did you expect? In a world where the core social unit - the family - is so dispensable, how much can anything else mean?"

That last line is very striking to me where we live in a world that family does not mean anything any more. It makes me grateful for the wonderful family that I had growing up and the wonderful family that I am starting on.

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Prozac Nation at Amazon.com

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