ArLyne's Diamonds

A running commentary of ideas

Wednesday, September 19, 2007

About to be trapped

What safety. Once the door comes down, the enemies cannot come in.


What a horrible feeling it must have been - to walk through that gate and know that the door was going to come down - and trap you inside.

Emotions, according to Nathaniel Branden, are "instantaneous psychosomatic responses to value judgments."

In other words, what you experienced before will determine your reaction to a new event.

If you belong inside the castle, the door coming down provides safety. If you are being imprisoned within it - as in The Tower of London - that same door coming down, portends doom.

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