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Virginia Woolf“I can only note that the past is beautiful because one never realizes an emotion at the time. It expands later, and thus we don’t have complete emotions about the present, only about the past.” —Virginia Woolf

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  1. Wow… Woolf observed the big problem we have, of blocking emotions in the present, and she seemed to ascribe it to human nature. But that is not really so, or I should say, it has not always been so. It is a function of our modern hyper-connected (e.g. DISCONNECTED) world.

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