Originally Posted by Black_Elk
Originally Posted by Blackheifer
I would invite you to explore this 'sentimental-thinking' and make sure you are not using it excessively in your decision making. It can be very destructive.

Haha I'll politely decline the invititation, since I reject this pejorative assessment of the value of sentiment, both on general philosophical grounds, and specifically regarding computer game sequels. Especially one that is so clearly trying to capitalize on nostalgia as its whole point for existing. I'd rather be tender about it I guess, but that's not because I'm incapable of analytical thought. Thanks anyway, though

Best Elk

Unfortunate. The philosophical discussion of sentimentality is the most interesting. Our society celebrates it now because - as you mentioned - there is a whole "Nostalgia" industry around it where industry profits on the sentimentality of others.

I will leave you with this great paragraph from an article in The Vancouver Sun

"But there can be a sharp downside to sentimentality. It is not always as tied with goodness and warmth as many think. Indeed, sentimentality can be dangerous to our health, well-being and collective future.

We normally associate super “nice” women and men with sentimentality. Their feelings have a way of seeming innocuous and pre-packaged. But sentimentality also arises in creepy people, including demagogues, oligarchs and murderers."


“To make up for its lack of a moral compass, the British public is prey to sudden gusts of kitschy sentimentality followed by vehement outrage, encouraged by the cheap and cynical sensationalism of its press. Spasms of self-righteousness are its substitute for the moral life,” says Dalrymple, author of Spoilt Rotten: The Toxic Cult of Sentimentality.

Last edited by Blackheifer; 23/07/21 02:52 PM.