Wednesday, July 14, 2010

A "Boner" Does Not Fabricate Skeletons: Conceiving an Emotional Horizon

People often idealize the past. You'll hear bitter people--young and old--talk about how much better the world was during childhood and how factor X or Y swept through the world and corrupted humanity. On the contrary, little has changed. There have always been sexual deviants, religious extremists, and ruthless violence.

The idea that these are new is a romantic thought borne in not knowing how naive we were as kids. I'm sure I heard a fair share of dirty jokes as a kid; I just had no emotional faculty to process or organize those ideas, and I sloughed them off as nonsense or nothing more than people talking. "My woodie is in a pipe" would not register as a dirty joke for a kid, but something about the movie Toy Story.

As we grow, we start to see these dirty things come out as if they'd never been there before. In reality, they were there before, they just didn't register in our minds. Puberty first gave us the feelings, faculties, and experiences to understand dirty jokes. What resulted was the appearance of a temporal progression from purity to corruption, when the reality was the temporal progression of our own ability to process sexuality, drug use, and other facets of the whole experience of living.

Strange enough, as kids, we weren't aware that we were lacking massive emotional components of the human experience. Once we hit puberty and realized that these existed, we went ape shit. I wonder if there are further emotional dimensions of a similar nature that don't exist in the human mind, at all, but are theoretically plausible, similar to the idea of a fourth spacial dimension. To explain the idea of "4D," I leave this for Carl Sagan because I'm lazy:

It's hard to picture a fourth spacial dimension, but, as Sagan demonstrated above, the idea of one can be seen peaking over the horizon of our own set of three dimensions. Similarly, our spectrum of feelings have a horizon--there is a limit to the range of motion a human being can expereince. Unlike the theoretical horizon of a fourth dimenson, we crossed that emotional horizon as we've grown and experienced new feelings. Could there be something beyond that? Is there a limit to what can we feel no matter what we do, where we go, and how many drugs we've taken?

One of the most spectacular results of a discovery of an extraterrestrial may be this very end--not how many eyes they have or what they use to communicate, but their emotions. Then again, perhaps what they feel will be the origin of those other things that are fascinating, or perhaps those other things will be the origin of their feelings.

After all, our pricks are the source of a lot of our feelings, maybe that third eye will make them feel turquoise.

Friday, July 02, 2010

Let's Do the World a Favor: Send Justin Bieber to North Korea