Thursday, January 12, 2012

Plato on the well brought-up child.

The well-trained child is one "who would see most clearly whatever was amiss in ill-made works of man or ill-grown works of nature, and with a just distaste would blame and hate the ugly even from his earliest years and would give delighted praise to beauty, receiving it into his soul and being nourished by it, so that he becomes a man of gentle heart.

All this before he is of an age to reason; so that when Reason at length comes to him, then, bred as he has been, he will hold out his hands in welcome and recognize her because of the affinity he bears to her."

How beautiful. How true.

1 comment:

Faith E. Hough said...

Very true! Sometimes I worry about how my children will be able to face the evils of the world when they are old enough to be thrown into their midst, but knowing that they are evils is the first step.
Plato may have had some interesting views on the actual raising of children ;) but he was spot-on here.