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The first draft of a short Prose Thing:

The Condition of Man is mysterious.
Many, having attempted to cage its nature by the finitism of semantics,
the pseudo-complexity of philosophy,
being truly an elaborated and unconcluded struggle with reality,
Many of these people, particularly the ones who have experienced not the depths of agony and debilitating depression,
seem to believe that mere semantic assertions and a conscious will
account for every issue and affliction within the self.
Many conclude that to try is to succeed, effort is what one needs,
and they forget that these very exertions, trying and giving effort,
just may themselves be driven by deeper and uncontrollable variables,
particularly the physiological faculties which cannot necessarily be shifted
by the words of a warrior's spirit.
The sick house themselves with the sick
because it is then that they are surrounded not by men and women
who attempt to diagnose a struggle and her solution with anything.
When one has been sick enough, the struggle moves past words and societal categorization and thought.
I, for example, though using the term "social anxiety" for the sake of
communicative aid, do not view myself as simply "having social anxiety".
When I look deep within me, I see not a portion of myself which is "socially anxious".
I see infinite sickness, which is also an insufficient word, and I see emotive soups which can no longer be identified as solids.
As tangible, practical concepts.
So when one speaks to me who finds in themselves tangible, practical, definable, definite struggles and solutions, there is a chasm.
Not by my or their arrogance, but simply by the difference in the perception of nature within ourselves.
So, to listen is to move the self and other towards healing.
Because it deals not with soups or solids and futile attempts to grasp the struggle, but nothingness.
Listening is a surrender to nothingness,
a void that is a capable of housing agony and hopelessness
by warmth of the empathetic ear that, being inanimate,
has not striven to be empathetic.
It has, once again, surrendered to a void,
where silence opens next the eyes and heart
to a taste of what it is the agony and pain entails.
 

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Nice, thanks.I quite like the form of a prose poem, easier to develope a complicated idea but still able to have beautiful turns of phrase. Just wondering though, if the emotive soup that is deep inside can't be really defined, can it be expressed so someone else listening really understands? (I'm not criticizing just trying to follow the idea)
 

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Thank you for your response! How encouraging it is to know that someone else can relate to what has been written!

To answer your question...yes. That is what the last few lines are precisely addressing:

"So, to listen is to move the self and other towards healing.
Because it deals not with soups or solids and futile attempts to grasp the struggle, but nothingness.
Listening is a surrender to nothingness,
a void that is a capable of housing agony and hopelessness
by warmth of the empathetic ear that, being inanimate,
has not striven to be empathetic.
It has, once again, surrendered to a void,
where silence opens next the eyes and heart
to a taste of what it is the agony and pain entails. "

Basically, listening helps one towards healing. And empathy is something that if striven for too much, defeats its original intent.

The "eyes and heart" of the LISTENER are opened up to a "taste of what it is the agony and pain entails" that the other person with "emotive soups" is experiencing.
 
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