The Existential Crisis of the Half-Awake State

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It’s 3 a.m., and my mind is moving at hyperspeed. Plagued by the same thoughts, at this same inconvenient time: where is my life going? Am I using these precious seconds, minutes, days right? How am I giving back to the world? AM. I. ADEQUATE? These crises, and their subsequent laments over missed goals, misguided motivations, woulda-shoulda-couldas, strike like terrifyingly accurate heat-seeking missiles when the sun has set on the time for action. I should be writing but its time for bed and there’s nothing I can do about it now. “How can I prove myself to the world, and what am I doing wrong?” wondered from beneath the covers on a late September evening. But where were those thoughts all day? When these calls to action may have translated to something physical? Something useful? Yet it is in these hours, when we are halfway between asleep and awake, that we make the plans, set the resolutions, and otherwise worry about the direction that our lives are taking us. What is it about this half-awake, half-asleep state that turns our minds into these running machines that won’t let us be?

Salvador Dalí, Sleep 1937.

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The Role of Biomechanics in Motor Vehicle Accident Litigation

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Dinnggg!

As if Pavlov conditioned you himself, the instant you hear that single syllable jingle, your eyes peer off the road and onto your iPhone — “Hey baby where are you?”

BAMMM!

And just like that, you find yourself crunched between your seat, airbags from every which direction (if you’re lucky), and the bumper of an SUV that once seemed miles away. It all happened in a split-second, but you can recall every minute detail of that fateful moment which initially left you gasping for air, and now finds you with a twinge in your neck and incessant headaches.

Once the emotional shock of the accident subsides, you begin recalling with clarity: yes, you rear-ended the car in front of you, but they also slammed on their brakes unexpectedly. And you technically never touched your phone, but rather, that endearing message from your newly minted fiancé popped-up as a notification. So, who’s at fault? And more importantly, who pays for the damages – both to your body, and that of your new car?

There are 11 million MVAs (motor vehicle accidents) annually in the U.S., 400,000 of which result in death. —> Read More Here

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