When I was brushing today morning,I felt a twitch in my back while attempting to open my jaws. I understood that it’s usual nerve twitch and its gonna be a normal day. But when I went ahead to gulp a cup of water, I couldn’t lift my heads beyond a point. Any movement to the the muscles in the back beyond a point resulted in me feeling the pain.Undeterred by it I proceeded to my morning walk, saying to myself few odd stretching during the walk should restore the supposed twitch. I couldnt swing my hands like any other normal day and thats when I felt the complex piece of engineering within us. For I could very well feel the pain some where near the shoulder joints, but the cause of the pain rose from the movement of the head or muscles in the face.
I decided to rest for a while, assuming that the twitch caused by some random movement should subside on its own by another random movement while I am sleeping. I couldnt sleep and worst , It felt hard and painful to change positions and get up or lay down. It was painful.. for a moment I was thinking about the source of pain. Is it physical or mental and whats the reason behind the pain. I am no master of biology , but when it stuck me that its something in the mind which is preventing me to get up, I was able to get up in a jiffy. I was able to rotate my hand and swing it. Of course there was that twitch and pain,but they werent strong enough to prevent me from what I wanted to do.One of my friend had an undiagnosed renal infection and when I enquired whether she is feeling uncomfortable because of the infection she replied that except for the aberration in the normal functioning of the body everything else is fine and normal. She attributed it to her state of mind and even doubted whether her way of dealing with the microbial infection even affected the microbe from showing up.. Point is – the way you interpret the sensory interrupt can even change the way the “sensed” object is behaving.
Moving on to pain, we all want to get rid of pain because it is disgusting. And it pains when it hurts most physically and emotionally. When it pains we find all means to avoid it. Just like how a little child is quick to take his fingers off from a fire, we react instinctively to various sources of emotional and physical pains.If not for that special “feeling” called for pain, we would continue to be in that state which is hurting us and become extinct after a while.
But again I call it as a paradox , because the progress of the species is again rooted in pain. The pain a mother undergoes while delivering a baby doesnt stop her from seeking the pleasure of having another baby. And not just in biology, but also in psychology we attribute all gains to pains [“No gain without pain!”].
Pleasure is a reward which we all strive to get. Its a bribe which our biology+ psychology pays us to get the things they wanted to be done.From child birth to reading long hours to working over time, we do it either with pain or pleasure which leads to other. That which starts with pleasure ends with pain and vice versa.
If pain is a feeling which prevents us from hurting ourselves further , should we continue to disgust it.? If pleasure is something which keeps us doing something which isnt good for us, shouldn’t we start to disgust it ? If one answers the question the way I did,pain and pleasure swaps position.
Overall this blog post was sponsored by that nerve twitch in the back, which made me think even more about how we are wired! Enjoying the pain.. while my books await me.