The Right of Being Wrong
I cdnuolt blveiee taht I cluod aulaclty uesdnatnrd waht I was rdanieg. The phaonmneal pweor of the hmuan mnid aoccdrnig to rscheearch at Cmabrigde Uinervtisy, it deosn't mttaer in waht oredr the ltteers in a wrod are, the olny iprmoatnt tihng is taht the first and last ltteer be in the rghit pclae. The rset can be a taotl mses and you can still raed it wouthit a porbelm. This is bcuseae the huamn mnid deos not raed ervey lteter by istlef, but the wrod as a wlohe. Amzanig huh?
The above finding has given me the strength to rise in defence of you-cannot-imagine-just-how-many applicants to the BCS exams who failed for doing exactly what the Cambridge University took so long to find out. And all this time the lnaered examiners thought our boys and girls could not write proper English. Man-o-man! Here we are way ahead of the world in matters of the human mind and we are targeted as being backward.
However it is also true that we are way behind some of the developed countries in some other aspects. For instance, in the 1400's the English used to beat their wife, nay! They were allowed to beat their wife with a stick but that stick had to be no thicker than his thumb. Strange logic, but some researchers believe that is the birth of the phrase 'the rule of thumb'. I was under the impression... forget it! These researchers can be wacky.
According to one, when a new game was invented in Scotland many years ago, it was ruled 'Gentlemen Only... Ladies Forbidden'.... and thus, the word GOLF entered into the English language. Considering that the finding is genuine, no research is necessary to say that golf was not the only place from where ladies were barred in the discriminating depoveled countries; Rotary was GOLF, Scouts was GOLF, what else...?
In that part of the world, women have been very badly treated except for the last one hundred or so years. And look how they show off and accuse us of bigotry. Imagine the cheek! One of the reasons for the change of the man's heart could be the innovativeness of the woman. As soon as a woman invented the bulletproof vest and another the fire escape, presumably for their own safety from the chauvinists, men began to look up to them.
In fact one of the biggest victims of the Western prejudice is Africa. Their continent has for long been tagged as the Dark Continent. Only recently they are admitting that whereas only 28% of Africa is wilderness, a greater part of North America is covered in wilderness; in fact 38%. And that without taking into consideration the road rage drivers, the beach bums, and the late night revellers.
The point is the West should not point the finger at us only. They should look at the mirror. There is a whole lot of good in our part of the world. There are many good examples of happy families. It is time we and they, the world appreciate in public and laud the family system that works and exists in our society.
Their honeymoon lasts but for a few days, reduced from a month from the Babylonian days. There is a possibility that governments might ordain that a honeymoon be restricted to a couple of hours because many marriages are breaking up within the honeymoon month, giving rise to all sorts of legal entanglements. Ours do not come into comparison because most of the people in our country do not have a honeymoon, considering only married couples, that is. To many couples from Teknaf to Tetulia, the entire life is a honeymoon, till death does them apart. Couples who are breaking up at this precise moment are requested not to laugh at the above statement for the sake of national unity.
Why do Westerners call it honeymoon? According to an email I received, which is also responsible for today's other quotes, it was the accepted practice in Babylon 4,000 years ago that for a month after the wedding, the bride's father would supply his son-in-law with all the mead he could drink. Stupid man! The father, that is. Mead is a honey beer and because their calendar was lunar based, this period was called the honey month, which we know today as the honeymoon.
Despite everything said above, for the new couples, this is to wish you honeylife with all sincerity. But do not suffer if it does unfortunately become honeyhour. Life is much more important than the person with whom it does not work for whatever reason. Both of you could be right, but together you are wrong. And there is nothing wrong with that.
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