He coined the right words, as usual: "emotional plague". The translation is mine, of course, but I think it is accurate. Anyway, as far as my circles are concerned, that "emotional plague" hasn't afflicted only around one third of the people around me: with two or three exceptions, it has swept pretty much everyone. Relationships around me are trembling and crumbling, one after another. Casualties have been immense, with me among them. This is not a complaint, mind you; it's just curious that 2010 is being such a rough year on relationships, that so few of those I can see still retain their promise. All the others, by one reason or another, from the most shaky to the most (seemingly) stong ones, have collapsed. I'm not glad that it's not just me doing the old walk int he shadows, of course; but I can see that there's more people feeling exactly the same. Odd, to say the least.