Human Affection

The effect of the indulgence of this human affection is a certain cordial exhilaration.  In poetry and in common speech the emotions of benevolence and complacency which are felt toward others are likened to the material effects of fire; so swift, or much more swift, more active, more cheering, are these fine inward irradiations.  From the highest degree of passionate love to the lowest degree of good will, they make the sweetness of life.”

– Ralph Waldo Emerson


The consequence of the taking part in this pleasurable experience called human affection is an intensely comfortable and lively emotion.  In our stories and our real life relations the feeling of kindness and satisfaction which we feel for one another is much like the physical feeling of warming yourself by a fire.  There are few things more exhilirating than these sparks of light that peirce through the dark.  Whether it be an intense affection or just a kind act done one to another, these are the ingrediants that add the sweetness to life.

–  Ralph Waldo Emerson (paraphrased)

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