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Artificial Feelings

October 15, 2011

“Poetry which excites us to artificial feelings makes us callous to real ones.” –S. T. Coleridge, from Anima Poetae

Coleridge discloses how we can grow numb to and lose sight of our real senses. Nearly everything around us appeals to our uncultivated infant senses, leading us eventually to believe that these are the real senses we ought to attend when in fact they are merely probings of our unchecked appetite.

The problem is that we grow confused and disoriented to what the real senses are. We end up believing that our infant senses are the real thing and never mature into the fullness of our true virtue.

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