Thursday, January 13, 2011

Killing the Imagination

I'm looking forward to reading a new book by Anthony Esolen: Ten Ways to Destroy the Imagination of Your Child (It's a warning, not an instruction manual, mind you.)

This is his top ten list, which applies just as well to adult imaginations:
  1. Keep your children indoors as much as possible
  2. Never leave children to themselves
  3. Keep children away from machines and machinists
  4. Replace the fairy tale with political clich├ęs and fads
  5. Cast aspersions upon the heroic and patriotic
  6. Cut all heroes down to size
  7. Reduce all talk of love to narcissism and sex
  8. Level distinctions between man and woman
  9. Distract the child with the shallow and the unreal
  10. Deny the transcendent

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