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Sighman - 51-55 years old - male

Posted by Sighman
on May 7th, 2012 at 10:52 AM


They say there's no proven connection between the phases of the moon and human psychology but that the idea of true 'lunatics' is so romantic and intriguing that we have adopted it as a truth.

Look up at the next full moon and tell me that it doesn't stir something inside you.

Stand in the centre of a big noisy city, surrounded by the trash and the traffic and the neon lights, and take a moment to look up at the sky.  There are very few stars in the city but the moon is always visible if you know where to look.  And it will be serene.  It will be peaceful.  And for just a few seconds you can transcend the filth and noise of the city and remember who you are.

We take the moon for granted, just like sunshine and snow and the newly-washed scent that descends after a rainstorm.  We forget that we live on a planet.

But if you stare at the moon and familiarize yourself once again with its shadowed craters you might start to understand just how tiny you are, just how insignificant everything is.  Every worry and concern, every fear and anxiety is diminished by moonlight and puts human existence into perspective.  We are suspended in space and time on a floating sphere of land and water.

I have been looking up at that same 'penny moon' since I was a child.  It is a constant in my life.  It is a benevolent symbol of continuity and it has been looking down on us since man first discovered fire.  It will be there, one hopes, for centuries after we are gone.  It will not deteriorate or crumble, it will not fade or decay.  It will outlast cell phones and ipads, cable TV and text messages, MP3s and video games just like it outlived every important historical figure in human history.  Kings and queens, presidents and celebrities will come and go; sometimes leaving behind an indelible impression on the pages of history books, but the moon outlives all.

I watch the moon.

And the moon watches me.

And sometimes, I feel her magnetism.  And I remember who I am.

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  1. TheOnlyBenis - 22-25 years old - male

    Posted by TheOnlyBenis on May 7th, 2012 at 11:07 AM

    Who is this 'they' that you speak of? I definitely believe that the phases of the moon affect human psychology. So do solar cycles as well as solar flares.

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  2. Sighman - 51-55 years old - male

    Posted by Sighman on May 7th, 2012 at 11:18 AM

    http://www.scientificamerican.com/article.cfm?id=lunacy-and-the-full-moon

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