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03/17/2003 Entry: ""Sensational""
Just finished watching the previously mentioned Iranian film "The Color of Paradise." It automatically ranks as one of my favorite films ever. I'm not going to try to synopsize it for you, just go find it and watch it. Not only has it hurled me into a stratospheric sense of gratitude about my senses and emotions, it's simplisitc stunning beauty was one of the factors that has broken my poor mood of the weekend.
Let's just quote from the film: "Allah loves the blind because they see Him with their fingertips. He is everywhere, and you just feel Him."
Of couse, the wise words of one so dear to me helped much more than celluloid ( or magnetic tape ) can, even though as you can see it's a powerful story. So, to you, and you know who you are ( you better ) I tip my hat ( though I'm not wearing one ) and raise my glass ( or bottle, as it were ) to you in appreciation for your perception and your coolness. Damn, you're good.
We often count our senses as those limited to those physical organs that perceive them. Taste, touch, sight and sound are indespensible to the human condition, yet many among us get by without them, usually with other senses augmented in their place. Yet no one can get by without emotions. No matter who you are and how trying the predicaments of the flesh may be, it's that other sense that we can't get rid of no matter how hard we try. It can't be shook, and the reason is that emotions are more than gut reactions to stimuli... they're the signatures of consciousness, of self awareness. Anger, sadness and rage have proven their worth and their point.... they're not bad, not at all. They're telling us to pay attention, to look inside and fix what's wrong. They're poking us to say "here we are, and boy do we need your help."
Whereas love, joy, contenment and thanks are similarly touches, touches that say "we're glad you're here and paying attention, because look at how beautiful everything is once you notice it." See. Not with you eyes, or even your hands. See and feel that everywhere, everywhen, and even everywho is an arm's reach away, and that's a touch of something that's stronger than any heartache or letdown. In fact, it may be the only true touch there is, no matter what your senses say. Everything else is just another way of saying... look as much as you like, but don't forget to see.
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