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  1. Aug 2018
    1. I thought about my children, one of whom plays the flute, but unwillingly, and therefore won’t practice. Yes, I thought about my children, only one of whom might shake your hand while the other would sooner spit on it, though they will both reliably do an elaborate orchestration of armpit farting while I’m trying to hear myself think. I thought of my mother and father, and an earlier conversation I had with my sisters that day about where to arrange our parents in a room for one of our kids’ bar mitzvahs so that they wouldn’t interact, so raw still are the wounds 35 years after their divorce.

      No mention of the difference between how we act at home with family versus with strangers. She's set up a false dichotomy to accentuate a point that's probably not worth making. Or if she wants to make a point it should be this one that I've just highlighted. If course she's feeling inadequate. I'll bet G. P. does too, particularly after the writer leaves and she doesn't have to put her best face on.

  2. Nov 2013
    1. But man has an invincible inclination to allow himself to be deceived D and is, as it were, enchanted with happiness when the rhapsodist tells i him epic fables as if they were true, or when the actor in the theater acts more royally than any real king. So long as it is able to deceive without injuring, that master of deception, the intellect, is free;

      Our unconscious goal is to deceive ourselves. We don't seek reality

    2. This art of dissimulation reaches its peak in man. Deception, flattering, lying, deluding, talking behind the back, putting up a false front, living in borrowed splendor, wearing a mask, hiding behind convention, playing a role for others and for oneself-in short, a continuous fluttering around the solitary flame of vanity-is so much the rule and the law among men that there is almost nothing which is less comprehensible than how an honest and pure drive for truth could have arisen among them.

      We are merely trying to fill roles and hide our true selves because we recognize our insufficiency.

  3. Oct 2013
    1. But let imitation (for I must frequently repeat the same precept) not be confined merely to words.

      We must act the part, assume the role

    1. The actor will also be required to teach how a narrative should be delivered, with what authority persuasion should be enforced, with what force anger may show itself, and what tone of voice is adapted to excite pity

      Acting seems to come from practice and the use of emotion from practice as well. Contrasts with Cicero, emotion is not felt but portrayed