Tis time to change our natur's," he observed to the brother of his wife, who was rarely far from his elbow; "and to become ruminators
, instead of people used to the fare of Christians and free men.
Unfortunately the ruminator
is stuck in the quick sand of mentally replaying the conversation repeatedly, reliving the painful parts, without shifting their thoughts towards more effective questions such as, 'how was I responsible here?
Despite the attempted re-imaging of Sor Juana by Aguiar y Seijas and others, the reformed and pious nun must have continued to compete in the imagination of her early eighteenth-century readers with other, more worldly Sor Juanas: the autodidact and polymath, the epistemological dreamer, the darling of the viceregal court, the brilliant literary successor to Calderon and Gongora, and the melancholy ruminator
on the vicissitudes of love and fame.
If you happen to be a ruminator
(someone who mulls, analyses, etc) you are at higher risk for absorbing negative messages from the environment.
There is a lackadaisical bonhomie about his whole aspect, none of the fierceness of pride or power; an unconscious neglect of his own person, instead of a stately assumption of superiority; a good-humoured, placid intelligence, instead of a lynx-eyed watchfulness, as if it wished to make others its prey, or was afraid they might turn and rend him; he is a beneficent spirit, prying into the universe, not lording it over it; a thoughtful spectator of the scenes of life, or ruminator
on the fate of mankind, not a painted pageant, a stupid idol set up on its pedestal of pride for men to fall down and worship with idiot fear and wonder at the thing themselves have made, and which, without that fear and wonder, would in itself be nothing
Most program carriers prefer an executive ruminator
He is known in psychiatric circles as a ruminator
- someone who morbidly obsesses about something, as a result of depression.