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Familiarity Breeds Absence

Familiarity Breeds Absence

For many of us, the foreign is enticing, exciting, a call to leave ourselves behind and find the new. To others, it’s something to fear, distort, and avoid. Thinking again about Woody Allen’s movie, Vicky Cristina Barcelona, I wonder if familiarity breeds something less than contempt, and more like indifference and forgetfulness. Contrast truly is the key here. Contrast in the way we act socially, in love, at work, with friends. Contrast in the way we handle emotions, especially. I…

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