Comment: You are what you love not what loves you.

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You are what you love not what loves you.

Very profound.

Tinman was a machine, an inanimate object, not a man. Maybe that makes a difference. A machine is only loved if it is useful for something. I'm sure you know about the monetary allegory in the Wizard of Oz, there were a lot of societal factions represented in it. If I remeber correctly Tinman was representative of industrial concerns at the time the book was written. Industry isn't loved unless it is useful.