Tuesday, February 16, 2010

On Love

In his book, The Art of Loving, philosopher Erich Fromm writes:

"The first step is to become aware that love is an art, just as living is an art; if we want to learn how to love we must proceed in the same way we have to proceed if we want to learn any other art, say music, painting, carpentry, or the art of medicine or engineering.

Could it be that only those things are considered worthy of being learned with which one can earn money or prestige, and that love, which "only" profits the soul, but is profitless in the modern sense, is a luxury we have no right to spend much energy on?"

On her excellent blog Unlocking the Classroom, Lizzie Hetzer posts a 5-part series on radical love as an aspect of our teaching practice. If you haven't read it yet, you should.

1 comment:

LH said...

Thank you for sharing this Michael! Excellent excerpt.