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The Emotional Gauge.


I was thinking about our capacity to experience emotions, the extent to which we allow ourselves to feel them, the magnitude of their depth, and their transitory nature.

Emotions arrive in various intensities and frequencies, but how do we measure them? How do we establish whether to feed or disregard a sentiment? What is it that determines how much of the emotion we are going to allow ourselves to feel? Are we confining and desensitising ourselves from our own sentiments through this process of extraction? By eradicating our capacity to feel something or not feeling it in its entirety, are we internalising pain and storing it in our bodies?

If we do feel something to its fullest depth, how do we prevent it from having the aptitude to consume our bodies? How do we only give ourselves the capacity to feel enough? What is the emotional gauge for ‘enough?’ How do we decide that an emotion is redundant and that it is time to let it go?

Are we the ones that govern our emotions? Or do they govern us?

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