Human Emotions Martes, agosto 16, 2005Posted by El Edu in Reflexiones Inútilmente Interesantes.
It is well known that human emotions depend upon intrinsic neurochemical changes. But still, it fills us with great curiosity when we think about what makes us cry, what makes us laugh, what makes us anger, what makes us love. For as much as they can be measured, emotions are more than plain magnitudes. They are proof that we are beyond every other Creation known to us. It reassures us that we are a special centerpiece of this great work of architecture that is the world. When discussing about existency, faith, beliefs, one cannot leave aside the fact that we can show emotions for almost anything that is perceived by our senses and we are aware of it. How to explain that feeling we get when our eyes get wet during that climatic scene in a movie when we see the character’s bare soul? How to deny having actual butterflies in your stomach when the girl you’re always daydreaming about finally finally acknowledges you? And how about the uttermost satisfaction you get while listening to Ravel’s Bolero? But the fact is that neither the movie nor the girl nor the Bolero would have any meaning unless we had been given the precious gift of Thought. For if we just go on by experiencing all the details life offers us every day without ever taking time to think about their meaning, their purpose, or learning to appreciate them for what they are, then we are wasting our permanence in this finite surroundings that are our home, our World.
Pardon my lackluster writing today, but I just wanted to get it all off of my mind before my ridiculously forgettable mind would get rid of it and I would have another unproductive week, writerwise. Yes, Carpe diem! It would be awesome to live by that motto every day of our lives. Utopic it is, I know that, but perfection should be a set point in our minds that makes us aim higher. It shouldn’t be our purpose to live perfect lives, for it’s impossible and not what we are expected to do; but by having our eyes set on perfection, we can achieve excellence. And that, that is our duty as human beings: to make the most of our time here.
And I’ll refer to Robert Herrick words in one of my favorite poems, which is an inspiration for seizing the day and making the most of it; To the Virgins, to make much of Time:
GATHER ye rosebuds while ye may,
Old time is still a-flying :
And this same flower that smiles to-day
To-morrow will be dying.
The glorious lamp of heaven, the sun,
The higher he’s a-getting,
The sooner will his race be run,
And nearer he’s to setting.
That age is best which is the first,
When youth and blood are warmer ;
But being spent, the worse, and worst
Times still succeed the former.
Then be not coy, but use your time,
And while ye may go marry :
For having lost but once your prime
You may for ever tarry.
Listening to Explosions In The Sky – The Earth Is Not A Cold Dead Place (2003)