Seeing - When asked most people say they are open minded. But for me the question is not if they are open minded, but can they be, can I be. In the 18th century much was made of the writer as observer. I think that notion has been lost to some extent, but it is really at the heart of much writing, especially in "Crow Diary". An example, some people have the hardest time with a woman who doesnt shave her legs. They are put off by it and turn away from these type of women, doesnt bother me. I think one can miss out on some very pretty and talented women becasue of this bias. But a woman with a beard, it would take me a bit to get past that. I think the observer must understand his or her prejudices when observing, or they may miss out.
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