When I was young, and heard "Comfortably Numb" by Pink Floyd, I associated it with the numbness of people to life. In order to survive, people became numb to things - comfortably numb, so that the 'machine of life' could run smoothly. I asked questions, in order to understand that numbness, and was often told that I don't understand, that I can't understand - because of my age and inexperience.
I swore I would never become such an adult.
Now, as a grown up, whenever I hear that song it reminds me of that promise to myself.I have been called sensitive by some people, I am considered strong by a lot of people, including some of those who call me sensitive. I know now that my "sensitivity" is simply a lack of numbness. When something extra-ordinary touches me, the genuine reaction to that sensation isn't numbed down. I don't have any defensive mechanisms, tediously developed over time, to make me oblivious to outside stimuli. It doesn't make me incapable of being 'tough' when needed, but I can get emotional over a lot of things.
Kindness touches me, as does music. Some scenes in movies touch me. Words, in books or spoken, touch me, but more than anything else - injustice. Any kind of pretense, or falsehood - not to mention deception, lieing and/or scheming.
I have not become comfortably numb.
If that equals being sensitive or emotional, well.. very good then.