|Poison dart frogs, one of the world's most vivid creatures.|
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Where does that measure reside? I would say in a kind of richness, a kind of depth of being - in a sense that the thing we call vivid is more real, more here, more strongly present in the world than other things. In this sense, as I experience it, joy is the most vivid of all emotions. Others can be equally powerful, equally strong (anger, jealousy, grief), but I don't think any other emotion gives us a sense of intense presence the way that joy does. Joy is a vivid experience, and it is triggered by other vivid experiences - being overcome by music or dance, burying your face in a branch of apple blossoms, putting your hands into damp earth. It has to do with tapping into a sense of life, after all, a feeling of livingness.
|Water Dragon tank at the East Bay Vivarium. |
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