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Wednesday, 17 July 2013

A Chunk Of Caring


It's really simple, but very strange.

Imagine this - you get a chunk of caring.  Like, just caring, the distilled, purified thing in itself.  Just hypothetically.

I mean caring.  Just normal compassion, caring.  Love, if you want to get squiffy about it.

Now let's just say we've got this chunk, about the size of a car or something.  A big chunk.  But it's real..  Real caring, real compassion.

Now let's say we get a magic marker.  And we draw a simple face on it.  Like a smiley face.

So it's caring, with a smiley face.

It seems to fit, right?  Smiley face, caring, love.  It makes sense.  It makes sense why it would be happy - it's caring.  And you might think that's why it's smiling - but it's not.  It's smiling because you scribbled on it with magic marker.  The caring itself hasn't changed at all.

Then say we rub out that face, and draw a different one.  A frowning face.

So it's love, but frowning.  And it fits - because caring can get angry and frustrated.  In fact, only caring can get angry and frustrated.  Only if you care about something can you ever be upset.

It makes sense.  It makes sense why it would be frustrated - it's caring.  And you might think that's why it's frowning - but it's not.  It's frowning because you scribbled on it with magic marker.  The caring itself hasn't changed at all.

And then you wipe off the face and get your magic marker, and you draw another face.  This one has raised eyebrows and looks surprised.

And of course you have to care about something to be surprised, because you can only be shocked and moved if you care about what's going on.   And so, you know.

It makes sense.  It makes sense why it would be surprised - it's caring.  And you might think that's why it looks surprised - but it's not.  It looks surprised because you scribbled on it with magic marker.  The caring itself hasn't changed at all.

Anxious.  Lonely.  Angry.  Bitter.  Happy.  Joyful.

Mix and match.  Just switch them out for the face, on the chunk of caring, and that's basically what humans are.  What you are, and I am.  We're the face, scribbled on the surface of the chunk.

What does the scribbling is the brain.  That 'chunk' of 'caring' is the actual moment of being that is happening.
And this is basically what's happening with people.

1 comment:

  1. I'm very tempted to reply with an 2emoticon".
    Thanks for your clarity
    :-)

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