Q. What’s happening now?
Q. But isn’t that impossible?
A. What do you mean?
Q. Aren’t many things always happening, all around us?
A. You’ve got a point there. But there’s nothing happening inside me.
Q. No feelings?
Q. How long have you been this way?
A. I’m not sure.
Q. What made you this way?
A. A lifetime of overreacting to each and every vicissitude.
Q. What does “vicissitude” mean?
Q. Is that your answer?
Q. So you are no longer overreacting to every vicissitude?
A. Correct. I no longer react. I merely observe and absorb.
Q. How long do you think this will last?
A. Who knows?
Q. Are you happy to be numb?
A. Neither happy nor sad. I experience no reaction whatever to my numbness.
The Questioner is silent.
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