From What It Is by Lynda Barry:
There ARE CERTAIN CHILDREN who are TOLD they ARE TOO SENSITIVE, AND there ARE CERTAIN ADULTS WHO believe SENSITIVITY IS a PROBLEM THAT CAN be FIXED in THE WAY crooked TEETH CAN be FIXED AND made STRAIGHT. AND WHEN THOSE TWO COME together YOU GET A FAIRY TALE, A KIND OF STORY WITH HOPELESSNESS IN IT.
I believe THERE IS SOMETHING IN THESE OLD stories THAT DOES what SINGING DOES to WORDS. They have TRANSFORMATIONAL CAPABILITIES, in the WAY MELODY CAN TRANSFORM MOOD.
THEY CAN'T TRANSLATE YOUR ACTUAL SITUATION, BUT THEY CAN TRANSFORM YOUR EXPERIENCE OF IT. WE DON'T CREATE A FANTASY WORLD TO ESCAPE REALITY, WE CREATE IT TO BE ABLE TO STAY. I believe WE HAVE ALWAYS DONE THIS, USED IMAGES TO STAND AND UNDERSTAND WHAT OTHERWISE WOULD BE INTOLERABLE.
IT SEEMS THAT HUMAN BEINGS everywhere UNDERSTAND THAT A child WHO IS NEVER ALLOWED TO PLAY will eventually GO MAD. BUT how do WE KNOW THIS? AND WHY do WE KNOW THIS? AND what HAPPENS WHEN WE FORGET?