I believe that modern society is causing men and women to be stressed much more than ever before—and if you think about it, we all have much more that we can do in a given day and try to fit into a day than our ancestors did. One former editor of Cosmopolitan magazine suggests that feminism and the drive for equality between the sexes isn’t helping:
Last month, at a wedding, I got talking to an attractive woman in her early 40s. She had her own business, two lovely young children and a husband who, she said, saw parenting very much as a joint venture.
Yet when she discovered I was the former editor of Cosmopolitan, she raised her eyebrows and, no doubt fuelled by the free-flowing Prosecco, declared, referring to the mantra invented by my former magazine: ‘Having it all, eh? I’ve “got it all”! So can you tell me why I feel so stressed and self-critical, and that I’m not getting anything right the whole time?’
Her words gave me a jolt. Because, 20 years ago, when I was in my early 40s, this could have been me. I was running a glossy magazine, my son was seven — and I was on the verge of a nervous breakdown.
Read the whole thing at the link. It makes one wonder if modern culture is not compatible with humanity, and perhaps something is askew.