128. The upper lip must never tremble

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In a world spoiled by the obituary of attention and the dormancy of empathy, people are coming up short of authentic emotion.

For many, the upper lip must never tremble. It expresses self-restraint and courage and demonstrates self-discipline and a sense of duty. A trembling upper lip, however, is a sign of weakness and fear.

For others, giving voice to one's feelings is not a frightening or burdensome process, but an inescapable way to release hampering emotional obstacles to meet the world of the others. Putting the cards on the table, in any circumstance, helps to avoid an unnecessary, embarrassing weight and allows a straightforward and sound walk of life. Better thinking out loud than suffocating from frustration.

Others prefer feelings to be kept confined, so, as to preserve their mental balance. Constantly talking about troubles and worries will kill individual and social interaction, in the end.

Still, others like to amplify their self-importance by pouring loads of painful details onto their audients, who sometimes fear to succumb under the weight of emotional garbage.

"Non-upper-lip-tremblers" are not keen on sentimental tremolos but, in their opinion, the 'stiff upper lip' is not a contradiction with real feelings.

"Non-upper-lip-tremblers" are not keen on sentimental tremolos but, in their opinion, the 'stiff upper lip' is not a contradiction with real feelings

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