Thursday, November 20, 2014

Book 1 (My Opinion, Your Choice) - Chapter 5, Part 3


How much of ourselves can we smell? With enough flexibility we may smell our feet, but otherwise we are limited to a rather small area around our face and the parts of our arms and hands we are able to bring close to our noses. We have the opinion of how we should smell “I showered, I put on deodorant, and I wore clean clothing.” We may use worn clothing, or other people’s reactions, as a “mirror” to reflect our aroma back to ourselves, especially after strenuous activity. The clothing has its own distortions created by the scent of the detergent, cologne, or aromas we may have passed through. The scent we smell then passes through our opinion filter again “that’s nice, when did I pass by a bakery?” This double filter and distortion is again what determines possible actions and decisions “perhaps the socks should not be worn a second time, and my feet need to be washed. When I go out tonight I’m wearing that deodorant again.” Overall though we are never able to sense the total aroma, only to smell fairly small portions of ourselves, although after a long hot day it is most likely a blessing that our feet and noses are so far apart.

Taste is very similar a sense to smell, especially in the way of perceiving and experiencing our own. Whatever area we can smell we can taste. Whatever the method to experience the aroma of another part of ourselves we cannot reach with our noses, that’s the method of experiencing the taste. While we can smell clothing to get an idea of our own scent, I would venture to say that there is no need to taste worn socks though. And as we still can taste only a small portion of ourselves, the opinions and distortions are still present and we are still unable to experience our total taste.

As we use our five senses to sense ourselves and the world around us, we also have our sense of feelings acting as yet another sense to provide us information about ourselves and our surroundings. As a sudden unexpected wave of emotion washes over us, what sensory input caused it, and were we even aware of how we were feeling? What feeling did we project to have the feeling we perceived reflected back to us? The “opinion distorted-reflection opinion” filter remains firmly in place. “If I smile at the receptionist, they will be friendlier with me.” The receptionist may be distorted, or in other words frustrated, by days of not being treated like a human being and the smile produces a stronger reflection “you don’t have an appointment, but I’ll be able to squeeze you in for a five minute meeting.” The reflection then passes through the opinions again “it must be because I am so charming.” The same way we try to project a certain image by choosing the clothes we wear or the mannerism with which we speak, and receive a certain reflection from the people around us. This holds true for the feelings or emotions we project, and have reflected back to us. The pattern seems to repeat for all of our perceptions of ourselves, and the reflections seem to be the only way to really perceive ourselves.

To be continued...

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