If the “is” is intolerable, you’re left with the “is not.”
With science we scaffold a hollow building.
The role of imagination in sensation is underestimated. The highly sensitive add to sensation imagination, and thus they—seeing both present and not present—see more.
Cf., Ian Craib, The Importance of Disappointment: “[T]hinking involves a realisation that there are things in other people that I am blind to and things that are not there, but which I see too easily.”
We Americans believe in positive thinking, and can be quite negative about people who are not openly positive, and quite afraid of not being sufficiently and demonstrably positive ourselves. It takes all our remaining energy to turn on the TV.
A young woman who, thanks to her youth or beauty or to a certain admiring softness, receives preferential treatment from an older man will be doubly pleased if she is not made aware of why she is receiving this special treatment.
Credit and Links
Ian Craib, The Importance of Disappointment.
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