Been thinking about the dynamic with the United States and Trump, the actions, reactions, and conversations on Facebook. While complaints of the flattening out of complex situations on social media, particularly in the like, dislike, wow, sad, anger reactions-compounded by the likelihood these reactions are used for data-mining in artificial intelligence building, the interest I maintain in felt experience of life relates to developing internal understandings of why things are working or not working the way they are.

These internal (cognitive and embodied cognitive/felt) relationships have helped me to understand motives and actions which I really couldn’t understand. I had an intuitive sense theory about personal traumas creating supportive conditions upon the spectrum of horror such as: pain, disease, manipulation, Upon researching into these areas, time-and-time again I would find this. Of course the flaw of research with a theory in mind is that whatever one person, or a group of people set out to find-they tend to find or prove. Hence the important value of dialogue outside of the research group. Dr. Gabor Mate’s work has been a strong resource for me to reflect upon the lineage of collonialized, traditional Chinese medicine teachings and practices. Also Elaine Scarry’s book, The Body in Pain and Theodore Schwenk’s, Sensitive Chaos, have elaborated in articulation on these theories and findings.

The relationship between internal (felt and cognitive) life and the actions which occur in reality are compounded by the influences from the environment (cultural creations and geographic/weather) have been of great interest as well. These forces are currently, widely accepted as outside of an individuals control, or rather created by the group or create a priori to human existence.

While creating artwork about these things can be considered a deeply flawed research and practice process, I have maintained the labor to visualize the dynamic and structural forces at work in nature. In turn, learning about the compartmentalisation feeling and emotions have been categorised as a given (as in cognitively accepted) have worked to obfuscate conscience and certain truths-I have a hunch, no facts or beliefs, but a hunch-human life is born with. Feeling as an inherent structure of life. In also understanding there are ranges of life, and that certain nervous system and organ system functions can develop in ways that produce personality, experiences, behavior/actions, outside of a tolerated range-also known as normal human behavior.

The behaviours exhibited by officials holding political or public office are often not within normal range-to some degrees, these out-of-norm ranges have been considered benevolent (historically for an example as Martin Luther King Jr. or Marie-Curie and a great number of others) there are those which are widely accepted as malevolent (dictators and tyrants).

Observable with the dictators and tyrants are sets of behaviours which tend to incite varying emotional responses. Some people are really sad about the actions Trump supposedly is or is not taking, and some are mad. Sadness and madness are two deeply complex areas which are not perhaps best understood simplified-but for the sake of reaching a query for  summary, therein lies a rich field of understanding in considering the difference in sadness and madness. Have you ever noticed, how some people’s natural reaction to a shared stimulus may fall into the broader category of sadness or madness?

Anger and madness in context to political persons removing, changing, or subverting choices which enable people to practice rights as a human being are considered an exertion of power or resistance. On a level of my personhood, I often experience the choices and public headlines with great sadness. What a pity, what a shame, feels the natural thought when reading the headlines today. Then I ask, why am I not mad? And when I do feel mad, realize I am confronted by what feels a great wall…this wall resides within the realm of the psyche. Some kind of sense thought no action I can make will have any kind of impact to reinstate protection and appreciation for arts, environment, education, healthcare. This sense thought may or may not be true-so as long as words and feelings remain inside bodies and locked within computer screens (which are really a complex network of electrical impulses and materials mined from the earth)…actions are the forces that create the real.

Also learned by reading the numerous versions of world history (available for learning at libraries, internets and schools all over the world now-thank the labor of humans under heaven!) responding to anger tends to produce certain outcomes undesirable for allowing the natural process of life to unfold.

Madness, and anger, while different forces, tend to inspire or create fear in people. Fear in and of itself a complex matter, and fear when exercised as a motivating force has long and many history of stories entangled with power and control.
So while sadness itself feels not so motivating, sort of the other direction of riling-up, a slowing force, rather introspective, sometimes perceived as passive may contain a generative quality greater than anger itself. If sadness can be mutated to compassion, cognition, and reason-generative and sustainable actions by real human bodies can be exercised to shift reality towards a direction of realized freedom, responsibility, and deep relating.
Lines of inquiry towards sadness can be incredibly fruitful-not only in creating artwork but also towards the cultures, societies, policies people are creating.
Why would someone be afraid of sadness? Why would a culture pathologize sadness?

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