"Anybody can learn to think, or believe, or know, but not a single human being can be taught to feel... the moment you feel, you're nobody ― but-yourself ― in a world which is doing its best, night and day, to make you everybody else ― means to fight the hardest battle which any human being can fight, and never stop fighting." ~ e.e.cummings
Once in awhile I come across a quote from a beloved poet such as e.e.cummings and I find that I do not agree with a word he says. Why do I choose to talk about a quote in that case? In order to clarify in my own mind what I do agree with. I absolutely had to teach myself what I was feeling, I had no idea. My range was ‘rage’ or ‘numb’. I had to teach myself to feel because I was very clear that the ‘self’ I thought I was chose all my feelings and the only way I could hope to transform that ‘self’ was to follow the feeling back to the ‘feeler’. Cummings tells us in the above that you actually are the one who feels. If that was or is true, I am screwed. I am not the one who feels. I am the One who Knows.
Diederik Wolsak is program director at Choose Again