Suppression is calming down, lowering the intensity, damping the pendulum of activity. It is not repression which is an entirely different kettle of fish. Repression means forcing an activity to stop. There is no intention with suppression to stop the activity, the aim is to get it balanced, more gentle, more peaceful.
Suppression is usually associated with pleasure and love.
The opposite of hurt and pain.
All our functions are to be physically ‘found’ in specific organs of the body. The various organs of the brain for example have specific functions, the liver has specific functions – see Aggregates and Brain and its functions as well as the Body and its functions.
Any sort of suppression functionally has its effect on the physical organ itself.
Our components – organs – wear out being used. The more they are used and the greater the Intensity of function, with which they are used, the more the organ suffers. It is like taking a car along a very bumpy road, eventually the shaking and shaking and shaking loosens nuts and bolts and damages springs and the car wears out.
So it is with our bodies.
If we suppress function, calm everything down, we are actually being kind to our bodies, helping to preserve them.
But we have to be very careful with this strategy too, because too much suppression can lead the organs into atrophy. So like a car if we leave it in the garage it rots – it gets rusty, the battery runs down, the brakes start to lock and it won’t start.
So although the danger of suppression is nowhere near as great as the danger of using overload as a strategy it can still affect our health. If we stop using our brains, suppress the function of reason for example – the brain will stop working – we will lose our reason function. If we don’t eat and our stomach gets no food for ages, it will find it very difficult to start working again.
Atrophy is deadly.
Just for a bit of fun - Foucault's pendulum with Philip Glass
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