The biscuit plays football

When people are alone, what are they thinking? First  I would ask myself, when I am alone what am I thinking about?  And then,  is there a reason to think that simply being human means people have common psychological  behaviors.

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Why do we have conversations, maybe like these two, stand and waiting for a bus with nothing else to do, is there a conversation? (circa 1970)

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or does it look like this, these were my neighbors on Belmont Street in Somverville. (circa 1970). These kids were “quite young”  to me 48 years ago , but say the tallest girl was 10, so 10 compared to 25  and now 58 compared to 73 looks a lot closer maybe just because 48  years ago it was comparing children and adult, now both are one category,  “seasoned adult.”

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While  older people have more experiences, if you imagine a place where we store experiences, and then consider its capacity there are a few interesting options. 1) Its one size, so the first experience fills up the space and then a second experience enters and the same space is now shared by two experiences and  so on and as the number of experiences increase the space for each  decrease ; 2) the capacity grows each time new experiences enter; 3) experiences are named, classified, catorigized  and ranked  on a scale of “importance-nonimportance.”

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Still, then you have the problem of defining what is “one experience?” Now you may think this is a bunch “esoteric non practible  making knots with words nonsense that people with nothing better to do with their time than try to make themselves feel good about themselves,…

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If you think about it we do it all the time, naturally, without intent  or planning.  We see  things all the time

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But that is not what I mean. How do we separate one experience from the other?  When does a discrete experience begin and when does it end . Basho, as have many others, said the the journey is the destination, the experience of getting there is as important as getting there, and of course I ask Where?

DSCN0932X_800The experience of high school, the experience of being Jewish, the experience of a birthday, the experience of jumping into a cold mountain stream on a hot August night  in a backwoods in Maine, the experience of getting married.

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You can see these as each a different all different,  yet they are sometimes occurring at the same time—, being educated at a Catholic  school,  eating steak, practicing swimming training— experiences which you can be having at the same time . . . And still you can classify thsee as different experiences, as quick as you please, no effort,  while walking, chewing gum  or eating.

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The ability to categorize, classify  and rank our experiences is human capability. Still sometimes it can be a bit confusing.

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