Are your doors open?  

wellendowed553 37M
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6/11/2006 7:52 am

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6/22/2006 9:00 am

Are your doors open?


Here is something that I've mauled over in my head for a while. But I think that some frame of reference would be useful. The following is a passage from The Doors of Perception by Aldous Huxley...

We live together, we act on, and react to, one another; but always and in all circumstances we are by ourselves. The martyrs go hand in hand into the arena; they are crucified alone. Embraced, the lovers desperately try to fuse their insulated ecstasies into a single self-transcendence; in vain. By its very nature every embodied spirit is doomed to suffer and enjoy in solitude. Sensations, feelings, insights, fancies-all these are private and, except through symbols and at second hand, incommunicable. We can pool information about experiences, but never the experiences themselves. From family to nation, every human group is a society of island universes.

Are we all that isolated from everyone else that we can never truly understand how another person feels? Perhaps this is why humans are capable of compassion...to make up for our inabilities to understand each other. Is our lack of understanding due to our minds not being capable of understanding another mind, or is it because our language is inherently self limiting in that we could never really communicate our feelings through words? Is there a better way for us to communicate our ideas or feelings...like through art or music?

Hydragenias 57F

6/21/2006 7:04 pm

I think it's our ability or inability to be empathic that determines just how isolated we are from everyone else and how understanding (or not) we are of the "human condition".
We need to seek first to understand before seeking to be understood. Most of us seek to be understood first.


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