Many of us feel shame about tears. Some only shed them in the dark of movie theaters, at funerals, when curled up alone in bed, or maybe only in the confines of a coach’s office. Others quickly wipe away a single tear and issue an apology that goes something like “I’m sorry, I don’t know why I’m crying” or “Ugh, I’m sorry, this isn’t worth crying over.
It’s strange how any public display of negative emotion is almost universally taboo, especially for men (although women must deal with being seen as weak or even crazy due to being more “emotional” and “hysterical”). I sometimes wonder if that’s an evolutionary response, a way to discourage “weak minded” behavior that may be detrimental to your kind. Who knows.