When a man withdraws from the influence of a stupefying drug, he finds the world takes on a new shape. For some of these men the new shape is a dreary flatness, like the first day back in the office after a splendid vacation. But for others, and for most in time, the new shape is vivid, solid, and stimulating. Many liken the experience to awakening on a sunny morning after a night of tossing and morbid dreams.
When a man withdraws from the influence of a stupefying culture, his experience will be much the same. For some, the removal of signposts and boundary stones causes the gloomy bewilderment we call anomie. But for others, and for most in time, there is a sense that phantoms have been scattered by sunlight and that dread has been banished by day.
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