Monday, March 31, 2008

Body Before Person

"A body is what one leaves his feet for,
A person is what one stays for." (LeBel, 2008)

When we encounter a stranger, all we know is her body. Only subsequently can we learn about her person. In certain circumstances, however, we could experience both a stranger's body and person if we are observing a behavior diagnostic of their person. For example, observing a cute girl helping an elderly woman getting off the bus. But strictly speaking, wouldn't the perception of the person's physical body come BEFORE the interpretation of meaning of that person's bodily-caused action?

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