Monday, 29 April 2002

4.29.02 INT. KEOUGH HALL, SHOWER STALL 3. ap­prox. 9:23am DAY

my topic is emo­tion, feel­ing, what­ever term you use to gen­er­al­ize and cat­e­go­rize it. it is in­vi­o­lable and can only be judged by the per­son ex­pe­ri­enc­ing it. ergo, no emo­tion is wrong in the sense that a per­son is wrong in feel­ing it. dif­fi­culty lies when an ide­ol­ogy cre­ates a fo­rum in which the ex­pres­sion of emo­tion can cause harm. emo­tion is not opin­ion. for ex­am­ple, the fact that i can­not stand my room­mate is not WRONG (emo­tion), al­though my rea­sons for feel­ing so might be (opin­ion). an­other pos­si­ble dif­fi­culty lies in the proper iden­ti­fi­ca­tion of the emo­tion by the emoter. dou­bly dif­fi­cult since emo­tion nec­es­sar­ily clouds rea­son. “love is not love/​which al­ters when it al­ter­ation finds,” yet what other word is there that de­scribes the emo­tion (men­tal ex­pe­ri­ence) of be­ing at­tracted to some­one? sweet emo­tion. bah! might i be so for­ward as to re­quest your opin­ion on this mat­ter?

to­day i am wob­bly.