Pain, like death, is the greatest leveller I know.
And that is what gives it an edge over all
the intense emotions known and felt by the living.
In fact, if you do look at it that way,
it's also the only real emotion that there is.
Everything else, perhaps, is a derivative of pain.
Take the extremes of
our emotional spectrum, for example.
You will see how exuberance
is nothing but pain getting high on life.
And grief, the slow, gradual coming to senses.