An Observation About Defending The Sensitivities

12/11/17
HSP Observations

Once upon a time, I was on a Spanish course. The teacher was explaining the meaning of the expression “no es para tanto” (in Spanish, you understand, it was one of those target language only courses) and used the following example: You meet a friend of yours and he’s crying profusely; you ask him what’s wrong and he says that his pet budgie just died, and then you could dismissively say ¡Ay hombre, no es para tanto! (come on, it’s not that important, don’t make such a big deal of it). Well!! I thought, oh excuse me, pets are extremely important to many people and losing them really is very hard and can leave you heartbroken, and I certainly do hope you’re not also implying that a man shouldn’t be crying, and certainly not over a “mere bird”? Because WELL!! What I said, of course, was:

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