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spazmonkey wrote: Is the focus of your essay the human acceptance or denial of the concept of the quote, or the reasons behind the quote?
Johnny Vill wrote:I will try and come up with some sort of intelligent response to that question at some point, but my brain is currently burned out from a particularly painful session of Building Community class (a Livingston requirement). My main reason for commenting just now is to let you know that I share in the pain you feel of attending expos at Rutgers. Though, the article you mention at least sounds interesting. So far all the essays I've had to read for that class have been pretty lousy.
Aneri wrote:What about you? "At what limit do other individuals blur?" I must admit, mine seems to be shamefully low.
Aneri wrote:That's the tough part, isn't it? Finding a balance. I consider myself a kind person or, at the very least, kinder than most. I know I tend to care about complete strangers more than I care for myself, probably a lot more than others would.
However, death doesn't affect me like it would for others. I feel saddned by the fact that the person or people leave the world, and I feel sorry for their family and friends, who have to live without them. But rarely do I feel sorry for the person. I guess it goes down to what I believe in, and I honestly think that those who die are probably better off. Sometimes I'll even go so far as envying them.
Heh, that in itself may be my defense mechanism, much like the one that keeps us from seeing two million children dying. Maybe it's our way to hang on to what little sanity we have left.
Heh, now I'll stop the random banter and poor psycho-analysis, as I think it has given me a headache. I really shouldn't ponder such things in the middle of the night XD
InDenialAboutEverything wrote:Well, there is the fact that we don't know what comes after death, and if what comes is something that warrants pity for the person going through it.
Also, I wonder if maybe the blur has to do not with psychological defense mechanisms but out of mental limits. I heard somewhere (have no idea if it's true) that the concious mind, the part that focuses and solves problems, can only focus on seven things at one time, while the subconcious is unlimited.
Maybe this is why when we think about it we can't focus on more then a few people when many die, but we can still have terrible nightmares about it.
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