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  1. 5 out of 5

    Realini

    The Memento by O'Henry 9 out of 10 A former actress falls in love with a preacher... - Or doesn't she? This has reminded me first of a short story by Thomas Mann and then of passages from the lectures of Harvard Professor Tal Ben-Shahar. The heroine is disappointed with the quality of the plays that she has to act on. And by incidents, required advertising, aggressive, annoying, overbearing fans. Directors and producers ask many exhausting, boring and sometimes demeaning things. With the scandals involv The Memento by O'Henry 9 out of 10 A former actress falls in love with a preacher... - Or doesn't she? This has reminded me first of a short story by Thomas Mann and then of passages from the lectures of Harvard Professor Tal Ben-Shahar. The heroine is disappointed with the quality of the plays that she has to act on. And by incidents, required advertising, aggressive, annoying, overbearing fans. Directors and producers ask many exhausting, boring and sometimes demeaning things. With the scandals involving Harvey Weinstein, Kevin Spacey, George Bush Senior and so many others, one could imagine how difficult it must have been for women so long before emancipation, equal rights and laws that supposedly protect them... At least in the so called civilized world, where the sharia law is in place, or in failed states like Somalia, where no law seems to be the rule, women have a very tough time. The main character has decided to let go of this life of demanding social events and silly plays. Which might be a mistake. Positive psychology research has demonstrated that the happiest people have in common strong bonds, connections with family and friends that set them apart. - and not a lot of money! Isolating is in fact more dangerous than smoking, for all the attraction of idyllic country life. Nevertheless, out of the city the heroine meets this preacher and she is taken with him. I can't us the word love. In the aforementioned account by Thomas Mann, there is a character that talks about love, friendship and what he hears around him... - I am horrified to hear people complaining that their love cannot be expressed in words. These are too small for their feelings. Friends are also boasting about the strength of their connections and how these cannot be described... Let me tell you this...love and friendship exist only in books. Only there you find personages ready to sacrifices and stay by the side of their friends or lovers under the most challenging circumstances. In real life, the best "friends" run away at the first sign of trouble. These are not the exact words, but I think I have the meaning right. We do not need to be pessimistic, as the hero of Thomas Mann. On the contrary, we should listen to the lectures of Harvard Professor of Positive Psychology Tal Ben-Shahar. In one of them he says that very often, when we meet someone, instead of presenting the real self, we make every effort to appear better, smarter, more knowledgeable...in short, we introduce the man or woman we like so much to...someone else. And this is terrible because she either likes this different person, but not us, or she doesn't and it is the end of it in both instances. The heroine presents such a more attractive image to the preacher. She thinks he would prefer a woman who has not been involved with the theater. We have to think about the fact that for centuries, actors and actresses have not enjoyed a much higher status that what we call today workers in the sex industry, or prostitutes back then. It is a huge mistake to avoid sincere knowledge of each other. One has to try to be known and not liked at the cost of broadcasting "fake news" like Fox does for the crude, childish old man in the White House. There is a big surprise at the end of this story when we learn what the Memento was.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Trí

  3. 4 out of 5

    SpenceWynne

  4. 5 out of 5

    Afra

  5. 4 out of 5

    Angie

  6. 4 out of 5

    Anna Auzāne

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    Michael Grogan

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    Max

  9. 5 out of 5

    Nikita

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    Pallavi Kamat

  11. 4 out of 5

    Настя Шилова

  12. 4 out of 5

    Michael Lloyd-Billington

  13. 4 out of 5

    Nodi Tabassum

  14. 5 out of 5

    Eman Ali

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    Aashish Singh

  16. 5 out of 5

    Seven Negen

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    Aylen A

  18. 5 out of 5

    Dileep

  19. 4 out of 5

    Mahfoud Kilouani

  20. 5 out of 5

    Aldineia Alves

  21. 5 out of 5

    Ron Alexander

  22. 5 out of 5

    Dimana

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