My thought was that I didn't understand what CR had observed. Then
when he answered, I wondered how he saw the compassion manifest, how
slight the slightest exposure was, why the effects he saw could
accurately be attributable to this exposure, how his commerce students
differed from others, were they brutes before, and so forth.
I try to continually get my students to think about humanity. I tell
them that "man's inhumanity to man" (explaining about the use of man...)
is more accurately "man's humanity to man," since it is our
behavior. I'm relentless, I hope, in presenting opportunities to think
hard and deeply about humankind in response to good and great writing,
but I don't turn literature (including the classics) into sociology or
morality teaching, unless a given work asks to be read that way (can't
think of any that do, but I don't count out finding such). I don't
assume I begin with brutes and end with angels. I see character
revealed in my students, but I don't concern myself with it in a
different way than I do with anyone's; that is, I respect their
autonomy and don't think them other than people. So, I wondered about
CR's experiences since they seem so different than mine.
As to whether the slightest exposure (reading a fragment of
Sappho) or a scrupulous course (or many) of study (in an institution or
in life) is the cause of all subsequent behavior and thought, I think
the discussion is off onto a ridiculous angle. The brutes and the
angels both drink water.
(I make no claim that these are "thoughts of my own" sans what I have
learned from others),
Peter Montgomery wrote:
Have you any thoughts of your own to
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Tuesday, November 06, 2007 5:56 AM
Re: Test of Time
What profound affects did you see?
Chokh Raj wrote:
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I recall that my commerce students' slightest exposure to
affected them (their human consciousness) in a profound
exclusive pursuit of practical careers, I suppose, might
pave the way for
worldly success but, I'm afraid, it leaves much to be
desired in the growth
of our human personality. Reminded of Eliot's teacher,
stress on the classics.
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