For me, becoming intimate with the details of the object of my fascination is a great part of the pleasure. Yes, I enjoy it's totality, but, the more I know about it, the
more I can interact with it, mentally as well as physically. I'll give you an example. I came upon the Behavior web site to let people know about my slant on hypnosis called HypnoSoft, http://www.hypnosoft.com . It took me five years of work to create the site. I look at it now and appreciate what I have accomplished as one might take pleasure in a sculpture. However, my involvement in its design and creation holds a greater meaning than that of a spectator. It is a depth of emotion that can only be the result of knowledge, risk, and reward. Does literary criticism ruin the pleasure of the novel? Is anonymity more fun than intimacy? I believe, to the contrary, a connoisseur must analyse to appreciate. Actually the phrase, "ignorance is bliss" is quite misleading. Governed by the principle of elliptical perception, we tend to fill-in-the-blank where a piece of information is missing or unperceived. "Ignorance is bliss" is better stated as "wishful thinking".
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