Hurt sentiments: a postscript

I don’t know if this happens to other bloggers, but it happens to me. I write a blog post; I go through it, polishing the sentences as best I can, and correcting all the typing errors and grammatical solecisms that I can find (I am not very good at this latter bit); and then I hit the “Post” button. And only then do I think of something else I should have said, but didn’t. And it’s too late now: I can’t put up a new post just to include a few sentences I had omitted from the last one.

Or can’t I? It’s my blog after all – I can write what I like! So here are a few sentences that I had neglected to include in my previous post on the subject of “hurt sentiments”:

People who are intimidated into silence will have very little respect, if any, for the sentiments, hurt or otherwise, of those who have silenced them. Quite the contrary: they are quite likely regard those sentiments with disdain. Do those who silence others through fear not realise this? Or do they realise it, and not care? Are their sentiments hurt only by overt mockery rather than by covert contempt?

And that’s all really. I feel much better after that! Thank you for indulging me.

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4 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by Maggie on January 18, 2015 at 9:57 am

    I was determined to support this author but don’t have a Kindle. Luckily was able to order his latest, and an earlier novel, in paperback from Amazon. Looking forward to reading them.

    Maggie

    Reply

    • Thank you, Maggie, for that. It may well be that buying his book after he has been forced to renounce his writing is possibly bolting the stable door after the proverbial horse has bolted, but it can be no bad thing if at least some of us let Perumal Murugan know that he is not alone. And there is obviously no better way of honouring a writer than to read his books.

      All the best, Himadri

      Reply

  2. NICHOLAS BAKER IN ‘U AND I’ QUOTES CYRIL CONNOLLY AS SAYING “IT MAY BE US THEY WISH TO MEET BY IT’S THEMSELVES THEY WANT TO TALK ABOUT”
    ‘SILENCERS’ REALLY DON’T CARE WHAT YOU THINK IN MY EXPERIENCE WHICH
    HAS BEEN WITH SOME HUGE EGOS OVER THE YEARS.

    Reply

    • You may well be right: I honestly have no idea what goes on in the minds of the Hurt Sentiment Brigade. And hardly anyone seems to believe any more in the concept of freedom of expression. It is all deeply sad, and deeply worrying.

      Reply

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