A rationalization is a clever way of hiding. We can rationalize anything, and pretend that we are being reasonable. That is bullshit. Reason is objective and without prejudice. Pure reason has no belief, judgments, or previous conclusions. If one has even a lurking desire to prove, their reasoning is not pure, even if it is well intended. The emotional equivalent to a rationalization is sentimentality. Emotions are pure. Sentimentality is a trick, a cunning manipulation.
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