Winter 1967 • Vol. XXIX No. 1 Department KR: A Section of Briefer CommentJanuary 1, 1967 |

The Ideal

Why do I not adopt italic handwriting? My present writing has nothing to be said for it: it is arbitrary, ugly, and illegible, and certain characters have recently deteriorated to the point where I have to stop on reaching them and use an alternative form. The first answer to my question that comes to mind is that it is my own handwriting and to jettison it would be a betrayal of "character." This is clearly a prejudice belonging to my upbringing, and not one that I really need allow to influence me. The second answer is more solid: it is that there seems no point in giving style to one item of my behavior when the rest is always going to rermain perfectly styleless and inelegant. Style, to have any meaning, would have to be something comprehensive and systematic, directing my various activities toward a common ideal. At first sight, I can discover no traces of any such system in myself or in my education. On considering further, however, a few things I leamed when very young, at

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