Homes, Virtuous Means & Perception
A SEi Educator Meeting (DC)...with Miss Flannery
A SEi Meeting of Educators: Washington, D.C.
We'll begin exploration of the virtue of prudence, and in particular touch on issues of perception and the ingredients of good judgment. The primary element of the meeting will be a reading and discussion of Flannery O'Connor's The Comforts of Home.
Let me know if you need a copy of the story.
His expression was a turmoil of indecision and outrage. His pale blue eyes seemed to sweat in his broiling face. He closed them for a moment and on the back of his lids, his father's image leered at him. Idiot! the old man hissed, idiot! The criminal slut stole your gun! See the sheriff! See the Sheriff!
~ from The Comforts of Home by Flannery O'Connor
See link below to her collected stories--a book to have in your library!
(above lithograph: The Ghost on the Terrace by Delacroix, depicts Hamlet seeing his father's ghost, www.graphicarts.princeton.edu)
Homes, Virtuous Means & Perception: a SEi Educator Meeting (DC)...with Miss Flannery
Thursday, Jan. 7th, 7-10pm
Old Angler's Inn, 10801 MacArthur Blvd, Potomac, MD 20854
RSVPs are enabled for this event.
Thomas was not cynical and so far from being opposed to virtue, he saw it as the principle of order and the only thing that makes life bearable. His own life was made bearable by the fruits of his mother's saner virtues--by the well-regulated house she kept and the excellent meals she served. But when virtue got out of hand with her...
~ The Comforts of Home
...The term "prudence" has come to mean rather the slyness which permits the cunning and "shrewd" tactician to evade any dangerous risk to his person, and thus escape injury and even the possibility of injury...To us prudence seems to be that false "discretion" and "cool consideration" conjured up by the coward to shirk the test. To prudence thus conceived, fortitude seems plainly unwise or stupid...
...the world reveals itself to the silent listener and only to him; the more silently he listens, the more purely is he able to perceive reality.
...these false prudences arise from covetousness and are by nature akin to it...how impossible just estimate and decision is without a youthful spirit of brave trust and, as it were, a reckless tossing away of anxious self-preservation, a relinquishment of all egoistic bias toward mere confirmation of the self...
~ Josef Pieper, from A Brief Reader on the Virtues of the Human Heart and Prudence