Originally Posted by opalescent
I post much less now although I still read frequently. The reason is largely empathy fatigue. I read many posts and my first thought is often that the situation is so completely fucked up that nothing I say would be at all useful. I am amazed that so many other posters try to help those poor fucks. They are better people than I.
Oh believe me, I have had more than my fair share of what I call "train-wreck burn-out" - the idea that there are only so many times that you can try to pull everything back from the precipice towards which you know it's heading. I tend to take a break from posting (and even reading), and then come back when I have the requisite energy and patience.