The inclination to use distraction as a defense mechanism is reinforced by the decoration of medical facilities. We fixate on traces of normalcy, designed to enhance these spaces, rather than focus on our suffering. Ultimately the generic decor provides only a momentary diversion, not lasting comfort.

As we are hurried and herded through trauma the incongruous surroundings often fail to alleviate our afflictions. The fact that we accept, and even expect, this treatment speaks to our tendency to neatly package pain and distract ourselves from reality.