+ operator for strings, why not?

I can't understand why R refues to use the "+" operator for characters, like python does.

"+" is not defined for characters, so why not to implement it? It's annoying to use the paste function every time I have to print/cat a message, set colnames or more...

Plz r do like python

"+" <- function(x, y){
if( is.character(x) & is.character(y) ) paste(x,y, sep = "")
else base::"+"(x,y)

why not?

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