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What the Act of Crying Can Offer

What the Act of Crying Can Offer

[ad_1] “I think about tears as a doorway: an invitation to be fully human and to connect with others.” Darren Staples / Reuters December 2, 2023, 8 AM ET This is an edition of The Wonder Reader, a newsletter in which our editors recommend a set of stories to spark your curiosity and fill you with delight. Sign up here to get it every Saturday morning. “When I decided to attend seminary … I told people it was to ‘find myself,’” Benjamin Perry wrote earlier this year. “That frame suggests that I yearned to forge a new identity and discover my future. But in fact, I went because I yearned for a more honest emotional life—and that type of life, I would later realize, is watered by tears.” Perry had spent years unable to cry, and he sensed that he had lost something important. He embarked on an attempt to weep daily—and when he learned to cry again, he found what was missing: When I was younger, I thought about tears as a consequence: the …