Wednesday, May 2

Finding "Horizon"

I recently came into contact with someone who may possibly have found the lightest of all freedoms I've watched a soul pursue. Is being able to seek--no, rather, the actual act of seeking--the most fulfilling experience in this life?

In a course I've been taking this semester, we explored various motivational systems (according to Dr. Cuthbert, the most accurate and efficient way to describe emotion without forcing it to diverge from cognition is to see the "two" as a set of motivational systems where cognition may, in fact, be emotion--i.e. affect--or one may conflict with another, motivate another, etc.,...however, I'm certain this integrated theory goes back at least a few decades and ought to be accredited to individuals in the field whom I am too lazy to identify right at this moment, but should for legal purposes). There was once a popularized idea of a "Rewards System," and this is commonly thought of today as "the Seeking System."

To watch someone travel to the ends of the world seeking horizons is worth my deepest envy. Insanity, crisis, and self-incapacitation are not linear (often not even on a chartable continuum of time), nor can "horizon" be imagined in their midst. Yet psychology isn't anymore dark and dismal than any other health-related profession. Do doctors see patients coming to them without illness? Or do botanists attend to plants that are not weak? Of course they do; however, psychologists, doctors, botanists, and the like, all have the opportunity to watch struggle and recovery--to see health happen. Is that not beauty worth seeking?

Perhaps, for some, a horizon may never come to sight, or even to imagination. It seems, though, that as long as we find beauty worth seeing--worth seeking with all our senses and efforts--the journeys upon which we embark define the best in us along the way.

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