'Good Will Hunting' and the All-Star Game ... read on!

Updated: January 29, 2008, 6:36 PM ET
By John Buccigross | ESPN.com

Self-help books, some youth hockey coaches, micromanaging by micro-brained managers, Tony Robbins, Red Bull and the first 1:07 seconds of "Vicarious" by Tool. All have contributed to an amped-up society that takes almost every waning second of life rather seriously.

There are others, but these are the first six examples that hit my brain. These examples help partly explain Tom Cruise, binge drinking and why NHL All-Star Games no longer work for some.

This is not our fault. ...

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