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Sentimentality

Just because something is sentimentalized does not mean that it is untrueóor even that we are wrong to layer it over with sentiment. The distaste for sentimentality begins as a rebellion against false feeling, but it finishes as a rebellion against all feeling. It starts as a plain-speaking personís refusal to be deceived by a coat of paint, and it ends as a rude personís refusal to use paint at all. It opens as a wise manís ability to point out the foolís gold, and it concludes as a foolís inability to point out the real gold.

Joseph Bottum in First Things

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