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Can someone help me understand this passage, especially the [] part ?

Aman may assume indifference, that is to say, not genuine stoicism, but anattitude of I-couldn't-care-less; [but such a pose does notreallydeceive anybody: if the prize was not worth gaining, to what purpose then was all the eager striving?]
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TakaCan someone help me understand this passage, especially the [] part ?

A man may assume indifference, that is to say, not genuine stoicism, but an attitude of I-couldn't-care-less; [but such a pose does not really deceive anybody: if the prize was not worth gaining, to what purpose then was all the eager striving?]
Hi Taka

This is how I might reword:
You might pretend to be indifferent about getting something, but pretending that you don't care whether you get it or not doesn't fool anybody. After all, if you didn't want it, why did you try to get it in the first place?
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Thanks for the clear rewording, Amy! I understand the meaning perfectly now.

Speaking of rewording, did you check the other post of mine, about 'reached'? Sorry if you were confused by the last comment there that I posted soon after you replied. It was nothing but nonsense. I've edited it so I'm wondering if you could go back and check it again. Thanks.