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I refer to a fourth “optical illusion”, which is given by the pleasure of novelty by change.


Novelty can create pleasure, first of all because you think that leads us to desirable objects, something we have never had before, which creates pleasure; because you think that what is new is, thereby, intact and somehow perfect. We say the fact that objects are “new” because they are not impaired by use. And you add that to our attention every object seen for the first time is always high, and therefore easily able to transpose the wealth and enjoy it. To understand something well, it is enough to just go with the mind of many travel experiences, when the natural beauty or artistic experiences are compared for the first time before our enchanted eyes.

Finally, at least a fifth “optical illusion” (but the series could continue for a while), which is in reality the most important: when something changes, we expect a new situation – more or less unconsciously – the saturation of desire. The desire of a human being is unconditionally open. We want it all. We want even the impossible. So every time something comes to us, we hope that the meeting just to be filled in our expectations, so that initially the overdetermined desire even with a smaller object. It is only after we register the fact that what you want is not on par with our openness. So we give up the evidence and pass it to another, thinking again that this one may be giving us our chance. The matter is particularly evident in cases of changing partners, more frequent in modern social life. But also an object and a special occasion (a house, clothes, a car, a bank account, an appearance in newspapers or on TV, an unexpected meeting which is particularly rewarding) can produce at first a sense of saturation of desire. In fact in these cases we say that we feel “happy”, that is simply happy.

Whether it is about “optical illusions” is evident, as already mentioned in the examples. We continue to emphasize a little in counterpoint: sometimes change is change for the worse, as when one loses their health, change is sometimes very difficult, as when one must stop taking drugs, sometimes change is a product of coercive compulsivity, because it also changes drifting, as when one is obsessed by sex as that is, change sometimes does not bring a real novelty, because what comes to us may also be the brutal repetition of the same bad, just masked. Like when we buy a computer as new, but it gives us, in the end, the same performance as before. Change always brings us a certain degree of delusion, so we decide to continue the game and in many cases to accelerate it.



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