Our most recent forage into the magical workings of Blip focussed on his emotions. He admitted only feeling particularly strong ones but said that all of them felt the same, like a really big storm. When he described what happiness or sadness was it sounded fake, like the most generic textbook description, and so we began to question it.
Through a long discussion we came to the conclusion that the emotions he felt were phantasms, a creation by his mind to make him feel normal but that he has no actual knowledge of. Blip has no understanding of happiness, he knows when he should feel it but if he tries to explain it, the explanation is clearly a synthesized average of all the other information on happiness that he has taken in. As such, he cannot connect context to the terms.
So I tried to remember situations where he displayed happiness, sadness, anger etc. and they were always rational situations where you would expect that emotion. But emotions are by their nature irrational. Everybody has had moments where they don’t know why they feel a certain way. Blip has no such moments. He shows emotion only when society dictates he should.
The question then naturally comes up of why does he think of a storm when an emotion is particularly strong. The first moment in Blip’s life he has a strong memory of is an accident his dad was in. Specifically he remembers being looked after by his Auntie and there being a storm that night. Ever since this night he has had hallucinations during storms and doesn’t like them.
Our theory is that this was the first moment that Blip should have shown an emotion and didn’t. To rectify this, the memory of the storm was used as a placeholder. That one snapshot of a storm distracted Blip from realising that there was yet another way in which he was different until he was mature enough to handle the information.
In conclusion, our theory is that LLI has caused Blip to be too logical for emotions. What he believes he felt before was merely a placeholder or a cover-up created by his mind to distract from the uncomfortable fact that he was synthesising his emotions purely from what other people had told him.
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