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I remember really loving this when I read it ages ago. Glad to have found it right on top of your feed,

@Madison Huizinga

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So well said.

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Mar 5Liked by Madison Huizinga

This really made me think, Madison. About what sets apart life’s small moment and a second hand view of life’s small moments. Using your lovely examples the former involves some sort of exchange; the belly laugh you share with a friend, viewing the sky from the lush grass a moment between you and nature. A second hand view, in the medium of social media, is just a viewing or witnessing. It makes me wonder if our intuition is capable of picking up what is real and what is staged, and if the emotions we feel or don’t, coincide with them. Going to chew on this one for a bit! :)

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Mar 5Liked by Madison Huizinga

I read this as I sipped my morning coffee in my favorite mug which remains slightly dirty from the yesterdays. This to me feels romantic. Love everything you conveyed, thank you 🙏🏻

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I love this. Thank you.

It seems like the romantics won so completely that I take romanticism to simply be the way things are. I wonder what people were doing before? We’re they also engaging with the beautiful and sublime in other ways that we’re simply repackaged as romanticism? Or was their approach to life pre-industrial revolution fundamentally different?

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Mar 4Liked by Madison Huizinga

Yes, this.

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Mar 1Liked by Madison Huizinga

“I’m a firm believer that the parts of life that feel the most romantic don’t just involve sensations that fill us with awe, pleasure, and satisfaction, but the ones that bring us further in touch with our humanity. Make us realize that we individuals are part of a larger collective - a network of other living, bustling organisms all trying to bask in and contribute to life’s beauty.”

absolutely on the nose! i really felt the part about true humanity and beauty going hand in hand. great as always!

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I love your advocacy for things that bring us "further in touch with our humanity." While those moments can be net positives or negatives, they always make life more vibrant.

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Loved your article. I do think the higher purpose of the pandemic was for us to slow down and appreciate life. I joked that Gaia sent us to our rooms to think about what we have done...

I also agree that there is a fine line between sharing to inspire and reels/shorts/TikiToks that make my gag...

Authentic recognition of the beauty of life is happened upon, not posed and planned.

More living, less life online...

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