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Can I, If I Can’t?

As a young man, my dad used the saying: “Can’t means you don’t want to!”, many times when responding to my statement of: “I can’t …”. I remember feeling angry when he would constantly say, “Can’t means …,” to me while I thought I was, proverbially speaking, “Stretched as far as I could be stretched.” I felt he didn’t understand my lack of strength, desire, will, motivation, or in general, my inability to actually do what he wanted. I now realize he had a point, though I still think he should have given more consideration to my age and immaturity.

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Does Can’t Mean You Don’t Want To?

A discussion of can’t and how it does or doesn’t reflect human history.

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