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நாளொரு பக்கம் 54

நாளொரு பக்கம் 54

Saturday, the 18th April 2015

“Prejudice is a great time saver. You can form opinions without having to get the facts.”

Elwyn Brooks White

EBW always struck the pose of LBW, but was never down and out. Versatile as ever, almost the face of the New Yorker, he wrote for adults and children with felicity and was also the spirit behind setting the style for writing American English. The flow of words in his writings, as he admitted in an interview was not something easy. He said, inter alia, that:

‘Delay is natural to a writer. He is like a surfer—he bides his time, waits for the perfect wave on which to ride in...I am apt to let something simmer for a while in my mind before trying to put it into words. I walk around, straightening pictures on the wall, rugs on the floor—as though not until everything in the world was lined up and perfectly true could anybody reasonably expect me to set a word down on paper...’.

We may, therefore, take it that the above uncommon Commonsense advice is based on his broad canvas. Prejuidices ars held close to the chest and care two hoots for solid facts. The very oppression of the Dalits is based on the prejuidice that they are inferior. Galileo was hounded out and was made to recant as the ‘received wisdom’ of an anchored belief triumphed over science, then. 

We shall gain immeasurably by setting aside ten minutes a day to examine and throw away one prejuidice, everyday.

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