10 February 2008

Prejudice and Preconceived Ideas - Dalrymple

Being a book snob myself, I don’t like to push books too much. However, one book that I think every thinking person would like is In Praise of Prejudice: The Necessity of Preconceived Ideas by Theodore Dalrymple. It’s fairly short (126 pages), quite easily read, and has a number of really important ideas in it. What’s more, the ideas in the book reflect directly on our (Westerners’) current social climate and culture. After reading Dr. Dalrymple’s book, there is little wonder why our children are where they are: lack of prejudice against things out of the norm, social rebellion for its own sake, and suspension of moral judgment have created a brave new world indeed. But that’s the subject of a longer post.

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