Tuesday, March 20, 2007

Wonka Wisdom

"The most important thing we've learned
So far as children are concerned
Is never, never, never let
Them near your television set
Or better still, just don't install
The idiotic thing at all. . .
They sit and stare and stare and sit
Until they're hypnotized by it,
Until they're absolutely drunk
With all that shocking ghastly junk. . .
'All right!' you'll cry. 'All right!' you'll say,
'But if we take the set away,
What shall we do to entertain
Our darling children? Please explain!'
We'll answer this by asking you,
'What used the darling ones to do?
'How used they keep themselves contented
Before this monster was invented?'
Have you forgotten?
Don't you know?
We'll say it very loud and slow:
They used to read.
They'd read and read and read and read and then proceed
To read some more."
- Roald Dahl
'Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory'

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