Long ago before writing, you’d send someone a stone that suited the way you were feeling. From its weight and touch they’d know how you felt. From a smooth stone they might get you were happy, or from a roughy one that you were worried about them.
???In youth we may have an absolutely new experience, subjective or objective, every hour of the day. Apprehension is vivid, retentiveness strong and our recollections of that time, like those of a time spent in rapid and interesting travel are of something intricate, multitudinous and long-drawn out. But as each passing years converts some of this experience into automatic routine which we hardly note at all, the days and the weeks smooth themselves out in recollection to the countless units and the years grow hollow and collapse.??? – William James Principles of Psychology, 1890