I enjoy random Dilbert cartoons that speak to logic or more familiar topics than corporate America, but the setting just isn’t something that I associate with, so I don’t read it regularly or even irregularly, but I know who Scott Adams and Diane Rehm (of NPR) are, and I thought this affliction was a farce as I started reading this article. Sounds weird, but interesting…I call it the “I am Waiting to Declare that His Name Shall be John” disease.
Archive for October, 2006
I have never seen a John Wayne movie. Really. I owned one once….until we lost all of our DVDs this summer!?!? No one has ever taken the opportunity to tell me how important it is that I spend some time with the American icon…perhaps when I am old and need to spend time sitting in a large leather chair…in between re-readings of the most-treasured tomes. Either way, I like this Wayne quotation and try to use it to settle people down sometimes. It doesn’t really work, but I like saying it.
“If you get nervous, count your toes. Let me do the masterminding around here.”
After a class and a test that were more difficult than I was expecting, I have earned the right to use the following logo behind my name… =)
…I have begun walking my boys through the long land of Narnia. I would say leading them, but I have never been here before (only on short journeys). Spurgeon said the best education is an education in the best things. Literature is one of those lands that is easily neglected, and we lose the benefits when it is not present. In fact, I hope that literature has a profound presence and influence on my boys. The lessons we can learn in Narnia can have significant implications in molding men. Positive and negative traits can be internalized and learned.
So we begin in the chronological beginning. We’re three chapters into a very long adventure. Karsten is 4. Haddon will be three on Sunday. Lincoln will be one next week. I know my boys will profit, though they will profit more when we read it through again and again.
At the same time I am appreciating Lewis’ colorful and precise descriptions and engaging setting and build-up, my boys are meeting a boy named Digory, who is showing them a pattern of doing right because he ought to. While Uncle Andrew shows me my own menacing, self-serving pride, he shows my boys an evil, repulsive, unkind, woman-despising bent.
Uncle Andrew in typical haughty and despicable language says…
“‘Rotten?’ said Uncle Andrew with a puzzled look. ‘Oh, I see. You mean that little boys ought to keep their promises. Very true: most right and proper, I’m sure, and I’m very glad you have been taught to do it. But of course you must understand that rules of that sort, however excellent they may be for little boys–and servants–and women–and even people in general, can’t possibly be expected to apply to profound students and great thinkers and sages. No, Digory. Men like me, who posses hidden wisdom, are freed from common rules just as we are cut off from common pleasures. Ours, my boys, is a high and lonely destiny.'”
“Literature adds to reality, it does not simply describe it. It enriches the necessary competencies that daily life requires and provides; and in this respect, it irrigates the deserts that our lives have already become.”
“I am rather inclined to silence, and whether that be wise or not, it is at least more unusual nowadays to find a man who can hold his tongue than to find one who cannot.”