Psychic Or Psychotic
A person who happens to be both an accomplished musician and a skilled craftsman; (able to make exquisite Woodwind instruments by hand) decides to make a clarinet/recorder/flute of the proper dimensions as to ensure that every musical note played on it will be "transposed" to notes whose sound frequencies are so high (above 30,000kz), that no human being on earth is able to hear anything that is played on it.
Every single dog on earth (with normal canine hearing), however, will easily be able to hear every note that is played on it...
...this person then composes a piece of music; a piece of music specifically written for this unique musical instrument.
They are so pleased with the quality of their composition, that they let their enthusiasm get the best of them, rushing out to play it to everyone they know (friends, family, fellow musicians, fellow composers, their therapist/Psychiatrist); asking them what they think --after making them sit through a performance of the 20 min. piece (in three movements)...
...they are are so enraged at the "negative response" from everyone who they played it for, that they start "acting out", insulting and even threatening their "culturally ignorant" friends, family, fellow musicians, fellow composers, their therapist/Psychiatrist...
...the odds are that they will end up in a psychiatric hospital; displaying symptoms of delusional thought disorder, auditory hallucinations, finally diagnosed as psychotic and given a DSM V diagnosis of some subtype of either schizophrenia or schizoaffective disorder.
They could conceivably end up being Institutionalized for a very long time --and placed on a regimen of antipsychotic medications.
Nobody ever consulted his dog.
I think sometimes we should ask ourselves: what information in the world may exist "right on the line" --right at the threshold of our sensory systems' abilities to "see", "hear", "smell", "taste", "touch"; only accessible if we are giving that information our complete, undivided attention.
What may be the consequences of sensing and perceiving it versus failing to do so?
Gerald Hecht, 2016. Unauthorized use and/or duplication of this material without express and written permission from this author and/or owner is strictly prohibited. Excerpts and links may be used, provided that full and clear credit is given to Gerald Hecht with appropriate and specific direction to the original content.