Never let someone drive you somewhere who is infatuated with you, and to whom you return no affection.
What will happen is that you will be the only one watching the road, clinging for dear life, while they keep talking to you and constantly looking over to you, paying no attention to the road and subsequently almost hitting every object next to the road.
The valuing of emotions over reality. Sentimentality is widely considered out of touch, weak. Very often, those who express concern about (or even an interest in) the conditions in which farmed animals are raised are disregarded as sentimentalists. But it’s worth taking a step back to ask who is the sentimentalist and who is the realist.
Is caring to know about the treatment of farmed animals a confrontation with the facts about the animals and ourselves or an avoidance of them? Is arguing that a sentiment of compassion should be given greater value than a chapter burger (or having a burger at all) an expression of emotion and impulse or an engagement with reality and our moral intuitions?
Two friends are ordering lunch. One says, “I’m in the mood for a burger,” and orders it. The other says, “I’m in the mood for burger,” but remembers that there are things more important to him than what he is in the mood for at any given moment, and orders something else. Who is the sentimentalist?”—Jonathan Safran Foer, Eating Animals