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The Formality of Feelings

The numbing feeling of overstimulated signals of pain and realizing that a resignation towards the pain and pleasure mechanisms that propel states of homeostasis IS self-limiting.

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The Formality of Feelings

After great pain, a formal feeling comes. The Nerves sit ceremonious, like tombs."
— Emily Dickinson (1830-1886)
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Live Burial and the Wiertz Affect

The Formality of Feelings

After great pain, a formal feeling comes. The Nerves sit ceremonious, like tombs."
— Emily Dickinson (1830-1886)

The titled responsion is a formality of sorts. The reference to a live burial is courtesy of Romantic painter Antoine Wiertz and is worthy of further investigation (hint). For me, the deadening that comes to mind when Emily describes the tomb-like nerves is an ending in itself. As such, I sense a philosophic flourish coming on. What do you think?

The numbing feeling of overstimulated signals of pain and realizing that a resignation towards the pain and pleasure mechanisms that propel states of homeostasis is self-limiting. So much so, that the outcomes are debilitated for most and praised by the few that persevere. The hack, as Emily suggests, is neural in nature, a mentalese of sorts, organized and reached in matters of mind over matter.

And yet the pain persists in a deadened state of existence. Beyond the trope that time heals all wounds, these wounds can have traumatic and long-lasting, even personality-changing effects. I would like both of us to meditate on Post-traumatic stress disorder. That's right, if you are reading this right now, I have you in mind.

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Emily Elizabeth Dickinson was an American poet. Dickinson was born in Amherst, Massachusetts into a prominent family with strong ties to its community.
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As much as I can, I will keep you, as the reader, in mind. I hope that you exist as a reader, writer, and fellow content creator that loves to examine thoughts and literature for your own edification. This love is the starting point.

However romantic this may sound. I challenge you to rise above the noise and listen while you still can. This capacity for conversation is something that I encourage with every waking breath. Take that step and create content with me, with us. Together we can avoid the living burial of not being heard.

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Emily Dickinson

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