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    I have noticed in myself, since very young , a disposition to take pleasure in small incremental changes.
    For example I used to go down to the waters edge and watch the tide come in .But not in a spiritual way or an artistic way -more of a dull mathematical way .
    Again more recently when cutting down timber I notice that I take pleasure in prolonging ,almost , the fall of the tree ,observing the ongoing minute enlargening of the opening as the weight of the branch takes over and the strands start to creak and split.
    These 2 approaches seem to me to feel like they are connected and I wonder if anyone has any experience with that kind of a feeling -and whether it is indicatative of any kind of a universal character trait (hopefully not too prevalent as I don't see it as being useful- rather a bit self indulgent)


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    Are you depressed?


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    I don't think so but as I said this goes back over 50 years.
    Can people stay depressed over a lifetime?
    If that was the case -that it was a feeling associated with a bout of depression - then that might ring a bell but it doesn't.
    I suppose if I was to hazard a guess as to similar behaviour in other people that I have read about , then maybe it might be related to that compulsive behavior you sometimes hear about.
    You know , when people feel that they have to touch every lampost.
    But only related -not closely related -not as far as I know anyway.
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    A bout of depression would probably not endure your entire lifetime. That guess came from personal experience with my blue moods, when I walk at a crawling pace and watch drawn-out occurrences with only half of my mind in the moment. Everything seems slow and run-down like me (when I'm depressed), and I'm drawn to the slow and prolonged.

    Are you fully engaged in observation like one would be in counting their steps or touching every lamp post?

    Your example with the tree gives me the impression that you like to slow down things that normally happen quite quickly just to see what happens. My guess is that you have a certain curiosity about what's going on during certain processes, like a tree falling. Most others may be cutting timber as means to an end and won't think about the tree they're cutting down. Instead, they may be thinking about the best way to cut or what they want for their next meal or some sort of mildly stressful, upcoming event.

    This kind of curiosity in natural phenomena is essential for ascertaining insights in scientific fields and possibly contributing to them. I think you would really like The Discovery Channel's Time Warp show. It takes things like a popping water balloon, or a flying hummingbird and slows down the speed to "super" slow-motion. Try simply doing a Google Search for Time Warp.
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