hands

You can get into a really weird hard-to-describe mental state by meditating on the nature of how you move a finger, how it starts as some subconscious thought and ends up as a physical motion.  But since you can feel the finger move, since it is constantly providing sensory feedback on its state, it feels like the thought to move a finger lives inside the finger itself, doesn’t it?

If you look at your hand from an early age, you can also contemplate the slowness of aging.  I look at the back of my hand and think, hmmm, someday it will be old and wrinkled.  What will that be like?  I cannot imagine it now, yet I know it will be.  I don’t even remember how it used to look, even though I know I looked at it even when I was in preschool.  So why can’t I remember how it looked in preschool?  Because the change was too slow to see.  (Like those face videos, someone should do a video like "Bob takes a picture of his hand everyday for 20 years.")  Someday my hand will even completely decompose.  I won’t be observing it then, but that will be it’s ultimate fate, which is an odd thought.  Sorry hand.

If you look at the hand for too long, like thinking about the sound of a word for too long, it starts to seem really funny.  It’s a square of meat with fleshy sticks coming out.

If I made myself blog everyday, this is probably the sort of stuff I’d write about.


3 Comments

LanthonyS · June 10, 2012 at 4:18 PM

True say. Feet are pretty weird, too, especially if you isolate the toes. They’re pretty much a long hard stick with some flesh around it, much like a corn dog. Both the feeling and the appearance that results from putting ketchup on them are among the weirdest things we can experience, I think. (And don’t even get me started on genitals.) Of course, the same thing seems to happen with most of the body. The more you examine them without being in a silly “humans are the most perfect, beautiful creation” mindset, the more ridiculous these sacks of skin and bones start to look.

Check out this series of x-rays of my hand after it was crushed in an accident and needed surgery: http://www.unfamiliarplace.com/images/shareonline/hand.jpg

And enjoy this really old Photoshop I made illustrating the absurdity of bodies: http://imageshack.us/photo/my-images/193/nosefoot.jpg/

Finally, this helpful gif is an excellent scientific exploration of how we keep these meatbags from shrivelling up and starving to death: C:\Users\Luke\Random\unfamiliarplace_web\images\shareonline\Daniel.gif

LanthonyS · June 10, 2012 at 4:19 PM

Oops. That last should clearly be http://www.unfamiliarplace.com/images/shareonline/Daniel.gif

S P Hannifin · June 11, 2012 at 12:18 AM

Yes, feet are like hands that have been squished in a vice with stubs for “fingers” as if to mock what they cannot truly be. I will happily stay away from putting ketchup on them unless I find myself suddenly caught up in acting in a very low-budget film that involves a tragic foot incident.

Hand x-rays = OUCH

Nosefeet … get all your picking done in one place … it’s genius!

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