Monday February 9, 2004
Sense of Self[ Today's meme is courtesy of Saturday Senses ]
This week, I would like to make you all think about specific abilities we have through our senses, that we usually take for granted. The reason I want to do this is because since I started this meme, I had in mind that not everyone in the world can see and hear, etc, so I thought I´d call your attention to the subtleties that our senses allow us to perceive in our everyday life that we wouldn´t be able to perceive if part of our senses (or one sense completelly) was taken away from us. I hope you enjoy thinking about this.
[taste]:: If you could no longer taste any liquids/drinks, which liquid/drink would you miss and which would you be happy not to taste anymore?
[touch]:: If you could no longer feel physical pain, which kind of pain would you be happy to never feel again (I know all sorts of pain are bad, but choose one that is specifically the worst for you).
[sight]:: If you could no longer read, which part of your life would be most affected? Additionally, look around you and try to imagine how many things you wouldn´t be able to do in the room you´re in if that ever happened.
[smell]:: Which food´s smell is so much "part of the food" that you´d miss smelling if you could no longer smell anything you eat?
[hearing]:: If you could no longer hear people´s voices, whose voice would you be glad not to hear and whose voice would you miss hearing?
[taste]:: ...which liquid/drink would you miss and which would you be happy not to taste anymore?
I would miss a good deep-red strawberry daiquiri. I don't drink them for the alchohol; I drink them for the taste. (We always ask for extra strawberry. I want them red). Another beverage I drink mostly for the taste is iced coffee.
I'd be happy not to taste sour milk again (though I do try to remember to sniff before I pour) and of course, anything nasty sour / gone bad / mediciney. Then again, the bad taste is a good thing - it causes you to spit the stuff back out before you swallow!
It's not a drink, but if I couldn't taste mushrooms they probably wouldn't bother me. It's the musty flavor that makes me feel slightly naseous.
[touch]:: ...which kind of physical pain would you be happy to never feel again
This is a dangerous question... the ability to feel physical pain is, of course, a safety feature. However, I can think of one I'd gladly do without that probably wouldn't harm me much in the long run. I have an unfortunate habit of swinging my hand and smacking my knuckles into door frames as I walk around the house. I think I'd willingly give up feeling the sharp pain of that. The cracking sound would be sufficient to alert me that I've done something stupid. :/
[sight]:: ...which part of your life would be most affected?
Everything I do would be affected. I am amazingly sight-oriented. My favorite indoor activities are reading and using the computer. My favorite outdoor activity is going for walks and looking at everything around me. My profession is as a computer programmer, web weaver, and technical writer. I know where the keys are on the keyboard but I don't touch type. Sight is the major sense for me. I would be lost.
[smell]:: Which food´s smell is so much "part of the food"...
Pork and sauerkraut. Home made soup. Garlic. Most especially, fried onions. Without the smell, what are they? (Besides which, physiologically, a great part of what we think of as "taste" is actually smell... which is why everything tastes bland and flavorless when you have a cold.)
[hearing]:: ...whose voice would you be glad not to hear and whose voice would you miss hearing?
I would be glad not to hear the TV, the people in the next cubicle at work, the screaming children with poorly trained parents, the conversation at the next table in the restaurant. But I would so miss being able to hear Bebop's blooping burbles, Mezzaluna's "Eek!" and trills, Squirrel's requests for crunchies and soft sleepy snurrs, Raven's "Mwrp" and Richard's puns.