The Paradox of Permanence

by Cyrus Bozorgmehr

There’s been a dualism at cultures’ core since time immemorial. On the one hand, the arts have always sought permanence. And yet the fleeting illumination of an immersive moment has always had a primal hold on human experience.

Mental health issues seem to be discussed everywhere these days. Yet appearances are deceiving. Although public knowledge of mental health has increased sharply over the past 60 years, public attitudes have either stayed flat or, in crucial ways, become worse.

The central story line for Born Anxious starts with stress methylation — an “epigenetic modification” that occurs early in life, in the womb or during the first year of an infant’s life.