Thursday, December 15, 2011

THE MOST IMPORTANT WORD

Yes, this post needs a Capitalized title :).

If I am not mistaken you must have heard this word in Amitabh's song My Name is Anthony Gonsalves in Amar Akbar Anthony. Of course the words in that part of the song were rattled out at some pace. 

The most important word in my life is turning out to be 'juxtaposition'. And the meaning isn't as complicated as the sound of the word :). Dictionary.com offers these meanings:
  • an act or instance of placing close together or side by side, especially for comparison or contrast.
  • the state of being close together or side by side.
And here's an example of juxtaposition.

For most of us trained to believe in causation, this might be a tough ability and a tough way of thinking. Simple example, saying "he is so strong" might imply a thought somewhere in our head "he is not so sensitive". But 'strong' and 'sensitive' are so often found together and one may be the cause/consequence of another. Might be a bad example but you get the point I hope.

Observe everywhere. Sources of great surprises are so often juxtapositions. Amitabh's white beard and black hair? :)

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