Sailor Principle of Education #5

Education for Wonder also demands some limits, some "going without."  Education for Wonder is “pre-scientific; it does not engage in measurement or analysis or inquiry into causes”[1].  Debates, arguments, and empiric science have no place here. Students are encouraged to pay little attention to and withhold judgment on current events, politics, policy of any kind.

Limit electronic media and entertainment which pacify senses. Pieper makes a strong point: “the average person of our time loses the ability to see because there is too much to see! There does exist something like ‘visual noise’ which just like the acoustical counterpart, makes clear perception impossible. One might perhaps presume that TV watchers, tabloid readers, and movie goers exercise and sharpen their eyes. But the opposite is true. The ancient sages knew exactly why they called the ‘concupiscence of the eyes’ a ‘destroyer.’ The restoration of man’s inner eyes can hardly be expected in this day and age—unless, first of all, one were willing and determined simply to exclude from one’s realm of life all those inane and contrived but titillating illusions incessantly generated by the entertainment industry”[2].

I have only a few posts on these matters . . . here and there, maybe here, perhaps this and finally that.
[1] Dennis Quinn, Iris Exiled: A Synoptic History of Wonder (New York: University Press of America, 2003), 10.
[2] Josef Pieper, Only the Lover Sings: Art and Contemplation, trans. Lothar Krauth (San Francisco: Ignatius, 1990), 31-33.



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