Comfortably Numb by Pink Floyd

This week’s Song of the Week was submitted by MIA reader Maureen DeSantis. She says, “This song points to the colluding phenomenon that happens when a numbing substance is sought and provided so the show may go on. This I see as the most powerful force keeping psychiatry in control…people looking to ease their pain so they may keep living the life that creates that pain. Let us share our pain and live through our altered states together. Life itself depends upon it.”

– Maureen DeSantis (

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