A Fish and Three Sieves

Posted: August 27, 2015 in Uncategorized

Is it more satisfying to not have to clear one’s throat, or for one’s throat clearing to be productive? The absence of negative stimulus is not a net positive, though it really is the most positive of outcomes. If everything is well, then we tend to feel average, but when things are bad and then become good, we have that elated sequence of moments where we recognize the change. The human brain is really only great at one thing. It’s good at a lot of things, but it’s great at active comparison. This food is hotter than that food, these pillows are softer than those, this friend is not on fire unlike that friend. We compare things constantly without ever thinking about it because it’s the easiest way that we can come to terms with existence. And it is for this reason that death is so troublesome, because the comparisons apparently cease at this point. We can look at each other and say “We are not dead like those people” but when that threshold is crossed, does a similar conversation take place? Do skeletons clear their throats?

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