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Huan Yi
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Anyone who is social and lives long enough
will encounter someone whose whole life
and viewpoint from it is determined by their misery;
a pain which has no origin in any kind of actual ailment,
past or present physical or mental abuse by any outside
source, yet is treated and is expected to be treated as the
preeminent consideration.  It is a pain that derives
from not being able to re-create the world in their own image
so that it is in a constant state of awe and adoration for its
benefactor.  It creates an atmosphere and an idiom
however irrational that if one is unfortunate
he will assimilate and give deference to
even at the cost of his own well being.

I have never in my life known such a person who at the same time
had conscience enough to appreciate that what they were doing
to others was wrong.


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Essorant
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May you give an example?   It is hard to understand what you are referring to from your descriptions alone.

Huan Yi
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2 posted 07-23-2007 02:08 PM       View Profile for Huan Yi   Email Huan Yi   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Huan Yi

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If you can, get a hold
of Dido Merwin’s “The Vessel of Wrath”.

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Susan Caldwell
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do you mean, someone that is so consumed by what they perceive as their own misery that they cannot see beyond it?

"too bad ignorance isn't painful"
~Unknown~

Larry C
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4 posted 07-23-2007 04:06 PM       View Profile for Larry C   Email Larry C   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Larry C's Home Page   View IP for Larry C

They sound like a pain to me.

If tears could build a stairway and memories a lane,
I'd walk right up to heaven and bring you home again.

Huan Yi
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I am surprised by the seemingly expressed  inexperience.
It is a sea I swam in and watched many drown in when I was young.


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Huan Yi
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6 posted 07-24-2007 06:48 PM       View Profile for Huan Yi   Email Huan Yi   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Huan Yi

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“Everything I do is wrong; I can’t seem to do anything right" and
“I just don’t know how Ted stands it.”

Aurelia Plath quoted by Dido Merwin


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