In the 1983 film “The Big Chill,” Michael, played by Jeff Goldblum, and Sam, played by Tom Berenger, have the following exchange:Michael: Don’t knock rationalizations. I don’t know anyone who could get through the day without two or three juicy rationalizations. They’re more important than sex. Sam: Ah, come on. Nothing’s more important than sex. Michael: Oh yeah? Ever gone a week without a rationalization? I thought of that exchange this afternoon while contemplating ...

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