The issue touched on in the linked article about those who return from a retreat (or a rounding course) to quotidian reality and find the adjustment hard to make actually raises an interesting question: the reason why the vast majority of humans pacing our city streets are *not* awakened, enlightened beings is that their low-level consciousness is perfectly adapted to the conditions of modern life. We need to shut out so much from awareness because otherwise we'd be inundated with signals we haven't time to process in our busy, anxious, over-stressed world. Perhaps those who hit the bottle or the tranquiliser pills are on to something . . .