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Barbara Barlow

EVOLUTION.....CHARLES DARWIN...... Survival of the fittest also referred to the mentally fit.

If one was lucky enough to be born at the outbreak of WW II, then one grew up in a home whose parents and grandparents had lived the Great Depression, had some memory of disabled soldiers, a horrendously destructive Atomic Bomb that forced periodic and futile dives under desks, a voracious Soviet Union that threatened to devour everything in its path and enslave the leftovers, the Korean Police Action,

commie spies everywhere, the invasions of Grenada and Panama, 1968-1974 Viet Nam, the CIA's toppling of unfriendly regimes throughout latin america in the 50's and 60's, and of course, the one crop [ sugar cane] red menace 90 miles from miami itself.

all of these profound challenges built mental fitness and resiliency over time, like a strenuous workout regimen does for the athlete.

IF, one had the misfortune of being born after 2000, the only exercise regimen was a poorly remembered 9/11, the concept of terrorism and a war in Kuwait [reremembeDsesert Storm?] and wars that barely touch our consciousness or many of our fellow citizen: Iraq and Aghanastan.

so,here we are today with students under such ''stress'' they clamor for the schools to provide mental health services at a remarkably high level [ and increasing] as part of the educational experience. and, the colleges and universities seem to accept that they are indeed responsible to provide counselling beyond ''crisis intervention.''

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