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Everything that you see and hear and perceive, during your day (i’m guessing some would call it cognitive load) is not much different if you are in San Pablo or in Cocalzinho. there are just so many minutes in a day, and so many photoreceptors in an eye. But in San Pablo you get the impression you saw more. How come? And: is that why San Pablo is so tiresome?

The technical term cognitive load is meant to differentiate the two things, just looking and being engaged in seeing. But i dislikee the approach. I think it frames the issue weakly.

I don’t think San Pablo requires me to exercise cognition more, i don’t take it to be a harder test on my eyes. But i do subscribe to the notion that it is like seeing more.

So it might be like being on a bigger museum: instead of looking at just a few paintings, you are running through the corridors, seeing ever new ones, never repeating.

But it simply ain’t true either, for the following reason: I don’t treat every person i cross on the street as a new particular rich universe. I just stuff them all into »passersby« category. Maybe i shouldn’t, but i also shouldn’t do it in Cocalzinho. And nevertheless we just have to ignore most of the people. It is just impossible to do otherwise.

There is something else. My guess goes like: San Pablo has more symbol-violence. There you are forced to aknowledge more ideas, some because they are so good, some so flashy, some unexpected or loud or serious or caring. They are crafted to assault your barricade of ignoring. They force you to see.

But seeing, you see, should be a good thing. One more thing to learn! One more novelty! How is that not good?

Generally speaking, something to learn means you are a notch more complex yourself, you have one more trick against the world. In nature it is almost always a good thing. But humans — and we are pretty much the sole racers on this track — can cheat the whole learning process and control you through giving you new tricks (as oposed to denying you options). This creates a whole new level of dispute. And it is a very hard game.

That after a long day in San Pablo you feel like your eyes have run the marathon, that you feel that blurred weird kind of tiredness, this in turn teaches you how important and subtle this level of violence is.

And notice this: This violence is, for sure, a kind of human-against-human afair, but could we simply say “man wolf of man”?

Posted by Wordmobi

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