"Feelings are developed over time, and, as the neurologist Antonio Damasio has pointed out, possible only in animals with the capacity to remember, to reflect on what is remembered, and to refine those rough memories into “precious memories,” as the great Sister Rosetta Tharpe once called them."
So the pity I feel for you and your view of the world is valid?
What if one does not cry as a reflexive response to base emotion but rather as a consciously intitiated response to well cultivated feelings--let us say following a deep empathy toward an expression in a particular artistic work? In this way, can crying itself be artful?
What about during Chevy Silverado commercials, with John Cougar Mellencamp extolling the greatness of America? Can we cry then?
I cry when I eat really, really good barbecue. Is that OK?
I never expected to see Sister Rosetta Tharpe's name on the slog, and if I had, it CERTAINLY wouldn't have been in THIS context.
I cry all the fucking time—99 percent of the time it's because of art, but sometimes it's because of onions.
Sorry, Charles, I don't get it. Are you saying it's never OK to cry or that it's OK to cry only when based on feelings? I routinely cry to the Largo of Shostakovich’s 5th.
You know, you're right - repression is a great thing. Look what it's done for generations before us.
I never expected to see Daniel Damasio's name on the slog, and if I had, it CERTAINLY wouldn't have been in THIS context. Charles, please keep your philosobabble far far away from the realm of neuroscience, you can't handle that kind of heat.
Babies don't cry. They scream and wail. They usually scream and wail to let the world know that they're hungry, cold, or have just shit themselves.
Seriously, Chuck, did you expect the response this time to be any different from the last time you posted this drivel?
This is bullshit.
Crying is a natural mechanism for psychological release. Suppressing tears just makes someone a neurotic asshole.
You say that like it's a bad thing.
I didn't even cry when Foley's dick was in my ass -- and that was quite an emotional time.
Ironically, I cried a little near the end of Mudede's favorite novel, Lolita, though I was alone in my studio when I did so.
I cry from laughter most often. Charles, keep posting! The anthromorphization of Feelings and Emotions is ridiculous!
Fucking is base, low, and primitive. You're probably against that too.
"...in the same way playing with toys is abandoned..."
So I have to trash my collection of vibrators now that I'm all growed up?
Why do we have to discuss all this again. People get pissed at you when you bring this subject up. You got blasted last time you posted your over intellectualized reasons why men should not cry.
Stop covering up your obvious embarrassment over something that the whole world does naturally.
It's difficult for me to understand your position on this topic. It seems you are deliberately trying to push people's buttons for what is a natural, emotional response to certain stimuli that we, as humans, encounter in the world.
Perhaps if you had a better grasp of this concept (emotion), your recent film "Police Beat" would have been noted for more than its lush cinematography.
Repression of feelings and emotions is GOOD! It makes more fundamentalist Republicans, and look what that's done for the world! Repression is a GREAT THING.
it's my party, dammit, and i'll cry if i want to!
Charles, tell me you don't cry every time you look at your bank statements.
I blame pussywhipping and emo music.
Ahhh! I get it, no one reads your other posts so you have to resurrect this topic again.
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