Blackboard Response 9

Blackboard Response 9 - There is perhaps no psychic...

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There is perhaps no psychic phenomenon which is so unconditionally reserved to the city as the blasé outlook. It is at first the consequence of those rapidly shifting stimulations of the nerves which are thrown together in all their contrasts and from which it seems to us the intensification of metropolitan intellectuality seems to be derived. …Just as immoderately sensuous life makes one blasé because it stimulates the nerves to their utmost reactivity, … so, less harmful stimuli, through the rapidity and the contradictoriness of their shifts, force the nerves to make such violent responses…that they exhaust their last reserves of strength and, remaining in the same milieu, do not have time for new reserves to form. This incapacity to react to new stimulation with the required amount of energy constitutes in fact that blasé attitude which every child of a large city evinces when compared with the products of a more peaceful and more stable milieu. (p. 329) 1. Although this quote mostly pertains the question number two of the post, I still
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