The electronic media have skinned us alive and now our central nervous system is on the outside and sensitive to the slightest touch.
So when our central nervous system was on the inside, we were insulated by our bodies against the insults and slights of everyday life, but now we have no insulation and are shocked by insults and slights. And that is why insults have been banned on this site.
And so it behoves us to learn to use our haptic sense, that is, our sense of touch. To this end I enrolled in a massage course. It may as well have been called a haptic course. And it has changed my life.
Before I would only look but now I touch as well. And interestingly as I develop my haptic sense, I find my other senses are coming alive as well, such as my sense of taste, my aural sense and my proprioceptive sense. And as we have as many as fifteen senses, we have much to explore.
Of course since the invention of the printing press in 1440, print has been privileging the eye, but since the invention of the electric telegraph in 1840, the other senses have been coming into play.
The paton saint of the internet Marshall McLuhan told us the medium is the message as we discover for ourselves that the medium is the massage.