- For Teachers
“Family is the most justified form of selfishness.” This came out in the context of sharing his everyday struggle in the crowded Mumbai local. He often courteously sacrifices his seat to the woman standing close by. Of course, she happily takes it, but the minute the seat next to her gets vacant, she calls out for her husband or relative, who is standing a little away, instead of offering it to the person who just gave her the seat! What fascinated him more was that nobody thought there was anything strange about it. It seemed a completely legitimate thing to do!
But not all is lost, as it is clear that over the past century, as ideas about equality have spread, human circles of empathy have also expanded. Today when a natural calamity strikes, it is not uncommon for societies in one side of the planet to both emotionally and materially connect with the other side. So the circle of empathy has expanded from family to nations across the globe. Of course, all of this happens unevenly and not universally and still too little. Wouldn't it be amazing if we hastened the process, at least in our lives? And expanded our hearts beyond the family to create a more just, ethical and unbiased world? I know my family will not take this piece amiss and knowing them, will smile!
1) What Does the author try to say in the sentence marked red? Is she saying her family will not take her suggestion as inappropriate?
2)Is she saying "she will smile or the family will smile"?
I know my family will not take this piece amiss and knowing them, will smile!
What is the subject of "knowing them"?
If it's "I", then it means "I will smile", which the context rules out. If it's "they" (the family), who is "them" referring to? If "knowing them" and "will smile" have different subjects, it's not grammatical.