NY TIMES OPINION PIECE: MOLLY WORTHEN SAYS STOP SAYING “I FEEL LIKE”
The PC-ness and softening of modern verbal communications has results in a net loss of meaning. We can fix this, if we want. Behind the cut is a good article arguing for awareness of this one particular phrase. "I feel like" is often used to replace the words "I think", and it is not a feeling at all. Feelings, that is emotions, are quite distinct from thoughts and judgements. To be clear in our communications requires that we recognize and communicate that difference.
The most living moment comes when
those who love each other meet each
other's eyes and in what flows
between them. To see your face
in a crowd of others, or alone on a
frightening street, I weep for that.
Our tears improve the earth. The
time you scolded me, your gratitude,
your laughing, always your qualities
increase the soul. Seeing you is a
wine that does not muddle or numb.
We sit inside the cypress shadow
where amazement and clear thought
twine their slow growth into us.
--Rumi (translated by Coleman Barks)
( a little about Rumi )
Despair is your call to basic goodness;
Doubt is the razor knife of clarity.
From your unrequited love springs vast vision.
From your unappeasable longing has risen
The constancy and discipline that shall restore the world.
--Gesar to the people of Ling from The Warrior Song of King Gesar