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The Capsule Manipulating others — or myself — with feelings that are easily touched. They’re easily touched because they are easily discarded, safe (conventional, cliché-driven) and/or cheap (cost me nothing personally). A Tale A friend’s wife has many good qualities, … Continue reading

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Practicing Less Sentimentality

Observe whether any of your sentiments are cheap imitations. Do you get teary about hungry children, then go right on with the next email? Do you think having sympathy (you may rename it “empathy”) proves you’re a good person? Wait! … Continue reading

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Echoes on Sentimentality

A sentimentalist is one who desires to have the luxury of an emotion without paying for it. Oscar Wilde, De Profundis Rhetoric is fooling others. Sentimentality is fooling yourself. William Butler Yeats

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