You've entered the caverns, enjoy your stay.
Are we in a period of emotional dryness? An especially prolonged era where the primary forethought reads: "What's in this for me?" The lack of personal benefit equaling a distancing of self, or worse, a false sense of assurance. "These events are happening to 'them'"; or "I'm secretly glad this doesn't involve me." I was sitting in a group of teachers and counselors when the question of mood altering drugs arose. A round table show-of-hands revealed that only two of us (myself and a rather astute teacher) were the only ones not on some form of tranquilizer. Granted these are complex and draining times. Have we the courage to stay invested in life? I certainly hope so. Retreat? Only when drawing our last breaths.