We’ve come back home to Cleveland. I interviewed Athmo Bhandari in nearby Westlake, Ohio. He’s from India. He said the people of America are already at war, with themselves. That is, he said an extremely large portion of the population are on any combination of synthetic drugs (prozac, rittalin, vallium…). A just as significant portion are addicted to any combination of ‘illegal’ drugs (cocaine, heroine, marijuana…). Then there are all those addicted to alcohol. And if it isn’t these substances, it’s rampant materialism, compulsive sexual acting out, compulsive overeating… Isn’t it fascinating how people from other cultures see us, much more objectively. I’m a former drug and alcohol counselor and I know the reason we can’t see it very objectively, just like an active alcoholic can’t see it very objectively, is simply: because we are in denial.