MUSINGS, 9.11.2017

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“Attentions without feeling is only a report.” – Mark Strand

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  • Ann-Marie Gillett
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    Having empathy in interpersonal relationships, is, indeed, important. But as with a lot of life, there are grey areas in which feelings can impair the ability to do something well. For example, a surgeon needs to keep feelings out of the way when operating on a person so that decisions can be made decisively and based on attention to a task. So while this quote implies attention without feeling is not a good thing, I suggest that there is a gray area that exists where it not be a negative thing.

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      Ann Grasso
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      As with any binary comment, it appears there is no room for gray. However, I suggest that binary comments are made, not to offer an either or situation, but to make us consider two thoughts that are not always linked together. My feeling is the comment is stronger when stated as an absolute rather than offering points of view along the continuum. I appreciate your point and writing to warn us all to bring out salt shaker to any commentary, smile.

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      Ann Grasso
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      Personally, I live in the world of grey! It is only when making a point that binary options can have value. Remember Charlie Brown? He said it was lonely walking in the middle of road. Lucy told him he was just wishy-washy. Smiles.

  • Ann-Marie Gillett
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    Ah, I always have trouble with absolutes. I’m cursed with a mind that seems to see both sides to things and leaves me in this netherland of grey. It’s either a curse or a blessing 🙂 Yikes, I just realized I did it again, ha ha!

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