page 161 of 429 of One Hundred Years of Solitude

The insomnia (and following amnesia) the town suffers introduces an interesting paradox. With the loss of memory comes the loss of emotion and any nostalgia for the past and that turns men hard and cruel. However, we see sentimentality and nostalgia as being fake and unearned emotions that are ‘the mask of cruelty’.

That center cannot hold because either all feeling are fake but at least felt, or they don’t exist