It's Ok to Be Sad, Part 2

This one is really obvious

The point of this little series of blog posts might just be a complete copy of that of the movie Inside Out. I, like many parents of young children, am exposed to such media in short, fragmented, nonlinear bursts. But when I finally realized that the point of the movie was to legitimize the emotion of sadness, I was, well, happy.

Crying helps me slow down and obsess over the weight of life’s problems.


And Sadness is not only an important, central figure: Happiness’ attempts to quell Sadness lead to ruin. Happiness is portrayed as manic and hyper-focused on making things appear great no matter how unraveled they might be; Sadness is thoughtful, sympathetic and comprehends a larger context. (Her physicality is also entirely cliché, a critique I will save for a later time.)

At least, that’s my reading of it. Here’s another one:

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