The generation searches for social company and familiar surroundings with known faces so they can escape from the crippling sense of nihilism and emptiness that individuality brings them. We’re scared to be truly ourselves, we’re scared to be someone other than who we’ve been told to be. It’s a façade, we don’t want to step in the sea for we may end up drowning, we might become our own Atlantis. Atlantis was the one that rebelled, it was the one which stood up against society, against the concept of state. Plato narrates how it attacked the ancient city of Athens only to be brought to heel with malevolent force. Falling out of favour with the Gods, Atlantis was banished, submerged, never to resurface again. Maybe it’s not about just dying in the night time, maybe we fall deeper into an abyss every instance that we spend with our own thoughts. I used to be claustrophobic but I’ve been trapped inside my own mind for such a long time, closed spaces feel like a second home. Most people get used to the confines of their personal hell but you still gasp for air every time it tries to pull you in deeper. Mental illnesses become a part of who we are. Fuck that.
You are different than what you suffer. You aren’t the same as your pain, nor are you the same as what everyone else. This can never mean that you’re invalid. People care, what you’re going through matters as much as any physical illness. Find the right people to talk to if you’re going through anything which discomforts you. More importantly be someone others could talk to. It requires insane amounts of patience, but trust me it matters more than anything.
Atlantis has always been considered a utopian fable, a place of immense beauty. Why aren’t people?
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