Monday, April 30, 2007

Thought for the day

I took four semesters of Spanish in college. It's been a couple of years ago now, and I haven't kept up with it, but a nuance of the language popped into my head last night and sparked a thought. In Spanish certain feelings/sensations are spoken of as things one has as opposed to states of being. In Spanish, you don't say "I am hungry", you say "Yo tengo hambre" (I have hunger). Emotions aren't spoken of in that way, but what if they were? If I have something, I control it. If I am something, it has me and therefor may much more easily control me. So if I *have* anger (or other emotions), I can more easily control it. If I *am* angry (or whatever), then it has me and guess who's in control then?