Sunday, September 23, 2012
So strange the way the unspeakable can be exquisite pleasure, bliss, or the opposite of that, agony or its spiritual correlative, horror vacui. Funny that our polar realms(as humans) are places where language becomes so rarefied so as not to exist. Or is it that something in the body (the spirit?) tells it not to exist at those times? Evolutionary shutout? Both pain and pleasure can be called "exquisite," and once this was almost a medical term, "exquisite pain." It wasn't an oxymoron. It measured degree. In the same way that orgasmic pleasure is a nerve played by an unrelenting bow that nearly drives us insane, touching a burn or air hitting a broken tooth's nerve similarly causes galvanic jerks, twitches, weird saccades of the entire body. Language is a translation that really only works in the middle range of existence.