Sunday, 28 August 2011
The groundless preference for tall, wide, and long applies equally to space and time.
In cities, residents like tall buildings better than small houses. In the countryside, hotels are built next to wide lakes, not little streams. In literature, readers prefer long novels to short stories.
Our belief in permanence and safety is the culmination of our cultural bias towards everything tall, wide, and long.
Children stories such as Three Little Pigs teach infants the desirability of solid homes. Career advisers encourage youths to choose well-established professions. Dietitians recommend patients to keep a constant weight.
To be continued in the next post.
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