Well, I don't really know what to elaborate about the absence really. After a while in summer classes, I just felt kind of "owned" by a bunch of things and I wanted to pull away. At this point I'm wondering how faint or bold the line between autonomy and keeping up with responsibilities is. Let me drag up a quote:
"The Dalai Lama, when asked what surprised him most about humanity, he said:
Because he sacrifices his health in order to make money.
Then he sacrifices money to recuperate his health.
And then he is so anxious about the future that he does not enjoy the present;
the result being that he does not live in the present or the future;
he lives as if he is never going to die, and then dies having never really lived.""
Gee, if life has a price, then it's certainly in inflation.