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    Instructions on How to Cry

    Putting the reasons for crying aside for the moment, we might concentrate on the correct way to cry, which, be it understood, means a weeping that doesn’t turn into a big commotion nor proves an affront to the smile with its parallel and dull similarity. The average, everyday weeping consists of a general contraction of the face and a spasmodic sound accompanied by tears and mucus, this last toward the end, since the cry ends at the point when one energetically blows one’s nose.

    In order to cry, steer the imagination toward yourself, and it this proves impossible owing to having contacted the habit of believing in the exterior world, think of a duck covered with ants or of those gulfs in the Strait of Magellan into which no one sails ever.

    Coming to the weeping itself, cover the face decorously, using both hands, palms inward. Children are to cry with the sleeve of the dress or shirt pressed against the face, preferably in a corner of the room. Average duration of the cry, three minutes.

    Julio Cortázar's book, "Cronopios and Famas".

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    Instrucciones para llorar.
    Dejando de lado los motivos, atengámonos a la manera correcta de llorar, entendiendo por esto un llanto que no ingrese en el escándalo, ni que insulte
    a la sonrisa con su paralela y torpe semejanza. El llanto medio u ordinario consiste en una contracción general del rostro y un sonido espasmódico acompañado de lágrimas y mocos, estos últimos al final, pues el llanto se acaba en el momento en que uno se suena enérgicamente.

    Para llorar, dirija la imaginación hacia usted mismo, y si esto le resulta imposible por haber contraído el hábito de creer en el mundo exterior, piense en un pato cubierto de hormigas o en esos golfos del estrecho de Magallanes en los que no entra nadie, nunca.

    Llegado el llanto, se tapará con decoro el rostro usando ambas manos con la palma hacia adentro. Los niños llorarán con la manga del saco contra la cara, y de preferencia en un rincón del cuarto. Duración media del llanto, tres minutos.
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    What do you think emotional self-control about?
    I'm south american I almost haven't it.
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    Post AW: Instructions on How to Cry

    .......I happen to cry everytime I look in the mirror (j/k)
    "Let your love towards life, be love towards your highest hope:
    and let your highest hope be the highest idea of life."
    ~Friedrich Nietzsche~

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    Post Re: Instructions on How to Cry

    I think all women are born with the ability to cry for absolutely no reason, at the most inopportune times, as a first instinct before reason, rationale, logic, and comprehension ever even make it through the door.

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    Post Re: Instructions on How to Cry

    Quote Originally Posted by Resurgent Atavism
    I think all women are born with the ability to cry for absolutely no reason, at the most inopportune times, as a first instinct before reason, rationale, logic, and comprehension ever even make it through the door.
    But, What does Big Brother's Eye think him-self about?
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    Post AW: Re: Instructions on How to Cry

    Quote Originally Posted by Resurgent Atavism
    I think all women are born with the ability to cry for absolutely no reason, at the most inopportune times, as a first instinct before reason, rationale, logic, and comprehension ever even make it through the door.
    It´s a simple trick learned during childhood. Little boys also cry to manipulate their parents but sooner or later they will stop it for being considered sissies at kindergarten or school while girls can improve their crying skills up to adulthood.
    Tolerance is a proof of distrust in one's own ideals. Friedrich Nietzsche


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    Post Re: Instructions on How to Cry

    When do men cry?

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    Post Re: Instructions on How to Cry

    When do men cry?
    All the time. I'm crying right now.

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    Post Re: Instructions on How to Cry

    Quote Originally Posted by svartabrandr
    All the time. I'm crying right now.
    I'm sorry if you are sad right now.

    But, do you only cry when you are alone?
    If something bad happens (or sad thoughts) to you, and you are with other people...
    Do you cry or do you have your-self control?

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    Post AW: Re: Instructions on How to Cry

    Men shouldn´t publicly cry at all. A father for example has to protect his family and be a role model for his kids. How can he do this when he breaks down and cries?
    Tolerance is a proof of distrust in one's own ideals. Friedrich Nietzsche


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