“The World According to Prag, or I See It Feelingly”
It reminded me of two stories, sort of mirror images of each other. One was from John Irving, The World According to Garp, when the protagonist explains to his mom about a man who has magic gloves. In the movie version, Garp says:
What occurred to me was the nice complementarity. Beatrice is poisonous to the world, while the world is poisonous to Garp’s hero. Both make the same choice, but not quite the same. Beatrice chooses to be touched while the man with the magic gloves chooses to touch. It makes me wonder. If I had to choose only one, forsaking the other, would I choose to be able to touch without feeling it myself, or to be able to feel the touch of others without being able to touch them? What would you choose? And what does the choice reveal.
Vicki Walsh who specifically creates it to be touched, although she makes you question whether you would really want to feel it.)
But there is something more going on. When we see something, we touch it through the "medium" of photons. When we hear something, we touch it through the "medium" of sound waves. In the end, even touching something in the regular sense isn’t without a "medium." The electromagnetic fields that surround our bodies encounter those of other so-called "objects" in the practical mode of “solidity.” The electromagnetic and thermodynamic (entropic) systems encounter one another in adorable complexity. But the real issue is not physical or metaphysical, it is moral.