"The limbic brain is another delicate physical apparatus that specializes in detecting and analyzing just one part of the physical world—the internal state of other mammals. Emotionality is the social sense organ of limbic creatures. While vision lets us experience the reflected wavelengths of electromagnetic radiation, and hearing gives information about the pressure waves in the surrounding air, emotionality enables a mammal to sense the inner states and the motives of the mammals around him.
"…mammals developed a capacity we call limbic resonance—a symphony of mutual exchange and internal adaptation whereby two mammals become attuned to each other’s inner states. It is limbic resonance that makes looking into the face of another emotionally responsive creature a multi-layered experience. Instead of seeing a pair of eyes as two bespeckled buttons, when we look into the ocular portals to a limbic brain our vision goes deep: the sensations multiply, just as two mirrors placed in opposition create a shimmering ricochet of reflection whose depths recede into infinity.”—Thomas Lewis, M. D., Fari Amini, M.D., and Richard Lannon, M.D., A General Theory of Love
Over a year ago, I had written about my late paternal grandfather seven years after his death. Last week during this time, I was in Taipei for my late maternal grandfather’s funeral. The funerary rites and ceremony we held for him were heavily imbued with emotions and meaning, but over in a matter of days. I shed no tears, and during the week between the funeral and Lunar New Year, I went back to my old notes and sketched out the diagrams that were posted Monday through Thursday this week. Some of them were drawn up around the time I wrote the post on my paternal grandfather.
My maternal grandfather and I were never particularly close. He didn’t speak Mandarin well and I don’t understand much Taiwanese, though he used words sparingly in general. He spoke primarily with his labor, the home and the garden he tended. These, and our memories of him are what succeed him and remain with us.
Would these reveal more to us in time?
Our souls are not hungry for fame, comfort, wealth, or power. Those rewards create almost as many problems as they solve. Our souls are hungry for meaning, for the sense that we have figured out how to live so that our lives matter so the world will be at least be a little bit different for our having passed through it.
"The Rekindle Candle is a candlestick holder which collects the melting wax to form a new candle. As the candle burns, melting wax drips from the candle and accumulates inside the transparent stem where a length of wick is centrally located. Once full, the new molded candle can be removed from the central section to start the process again."
I’ve become skeptical of the unwritten rule that just because a boy and girl appear in the same feature, a romance must ensue. Rather, I want to portray a slightly different relationship, one where they two mutually inspire each other to live– if I’ m able to, then perhaps I’ll be closer to portraying a true expression of love.