Do you like me?

by Florence Meade

My problem is that one might like to express an interest in or preference for something one doesn’t necessarily LIKE. Curiosity may urge me to read an article in Take a Break while sitting in the doctor’s waiting room, but would I subscribe to it? Probably not.

Does everything really have to be POSITIVE to be of value? It seems such an obvious fallacy yet we are only recently beginning to see signs that the end is drawing near for positive mental attitude, positive visualisation (if you wish hard enough…), praise sandwiches etc. We learn just as much from negatives too – how can children learn from their mistakes if no-one will give negative feedback to say they’ve done something wrong? What is the value of critical analysis if it can only be positive?

I wish I could follow certain discussions on the web without having to indicate that I like them and then face being judged for consuming them in the spirit of which they were intended. My guilty explorations of what I am averse to are picked up by the sticky fingered data miners that inform my online identity with sometimes amusing results.

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