“People are afraid of themselves, of their own reality; their feelings most of all. People talk about how great love is, but that’s bullshit. Love hurts. Feelings are disturbing. People are taught that pain is evil and dangerous. How can they deal with love if they’re afraid to feel? Pain is meant to wake us up. People try to hide their pain. But they’re wrong. Pain is something to carry, like a radio. You feel your strength in the experience of pain. It’s all in how you carry it. That’s what matters. Pain is a feeling. Your feelings are a part of you. Your own reality. If you feel ashamed of them, and hide them, you’re destroying your reality"
― Jim Morrison
When I give, I wish to receive. What I get is not what I gave. I swallow it anyway because it gives me another chance. Perhaps next time, as my face swells red from the heat, I will taste something sweet.
Here, the man is stuck in a cycle. He gives tenderness, takes pain, wishes for tenderness, takes pain. With each turn, the pain only intensifies, becomes a habit, becomes natural. This is who he is and all that he deserves.