A force 6 wind on the Beaufort scale, a “Strong Breeze,” is characterized by “large branches in motion; telegraph wires whistle; umbrellas used with difficulty.”
Several centuries before the Beaufort scale was developed to quantify the wind, serious efforts were made to produce an accurate map of Hell. Infernal cartography was considered an important undertaking for the architects and mathematicians of the Renaissance, who based their calculations on the distances and proportions described by Dante.
Galileo Galilei delivered extensive lectures on the mapping of Hell. He applied recent advances in geometry to determine the exact location of the entrance to the underworld and then figured the dimensions that would be necessary to maintain the structural integrity of Hell’s interior.
Imagination is treacherous. It builds a Hell so real that the ceiling is vulnerable to collapse. To be safe, I think I should map my pain only in proportion to pain I have already felt.
But my nerves have short memories. My mind remembers crashing my bicycle as a teenager, but my body does not. I cannot seem to conjure the sensation of lost skin without actually losing skin. My nerves cannot, or will not, imagine past pain-this, I think, is for the best.
I have found, however, that I can ask my body to imagine the pain it feels as something else. For example, with some effort I can imagine the sensation of pain as heat Perhaps, with a stronger mind, I could imagine the heat as warm