Unformatted text preview: vilization. Literally "disagreeable
taste," its facial expression, with mouth open and lower lip drawn down, is that preliminary to vomiting.
We eject or retract when disgusted; we are not afraid nor are we angry. We say "he--or she, or it--makes me
sick," and this is the stock phrase of disgust. Inelegant as it is, it exactly expresses the situation. Disgust easily
mingles with fear and anger; it is often dispelled by curiosity and interest, as in the morbid, as in medical
science, and it of ten displaces less intense curiosity and interest. CHAPTER IX. 76  See Darwin's "The Expression of Emotions in Man and Animals," --a great book by a great man.
After anything has been accepted as standard in cleanliness, a deviation in a "lower" direction causes disgust.
Those who are accustomed to clean tablecloths, clean linen are disgusted by dirty tablecloths, dirty linen. The
excreta of the body have been so effectively tabooed, in the interest perhaps of sanitation, that their sight or
smell is disgusting, and they are used as symbols of disgust in everyday language. Indeed, the so-called
animal functions have to be decorated and ceremonialized to avoid disgust. We turn with ridicule and
repugnance from him who eats without "manners" and one of the functions of manners is to avoid arousing
Disgust kills desire and passion, and from that fact we may trace a large part of moral progress. Satiety brings
a slight disgust; thus after a heavy meal there may be contentment but the sight of food is not at all appealing
and often enough rather repelling. In the sex field, a deep repulsion is often felt when lust alone has brought
the man and woman together or when the situation is illegal or unhallowed. With satisfaction of desire, the
inhibiting forces come to their own, and the violence of repentance and disgust may be extreme. Stanley Hall,
Havelock Ellis and other writers lay stress on this; and, indeed, one of the bases of asceticism is this disgust.
Further, when we have no desires or passion, the sight of others hugging and kissing...
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