"Like the study of science and art, accounts of historical events can be intrinsically fascinating. But they have a wider significance. I believe that people are better able to chart their life course and make life decisions when they know how others have dealt with pressures and dilemmas---historically, contemporaneously, and in works of art. And only equipped with such understanding can we participate knowledgeably in contemporary discussions (and decisions) about the culpability of various individuals and countries in the Second World War. Only with such understanding can we ponder the responsibilty of human beings everywhere to counter current efforts at genocide in Rwanda and the former Yugoslavia to bring the perpetrators to justice."
"...we humans are the kinds of animals who learn chiefly by observing others---what they value, what they spurn, how they conduct themselves from day to day, and especially, what they do when they believe that no one is looking."
----Howard Gardner, from The Disciplined Mind, published in 1999

Monday, July 30, 2007

Is There Such a Thing as Too Happy?; or, The Things I Find Out When I Read More Than One Newspaper


(Frida as she appeared the last time we were face-to-face)
She's coming. I am counting the days; I am excited beyond words!

6 comments:

swamp witch said...

Oh, I want to go with you. We don't have the opportunity for something like that here...have to drive to Denver.

neroli said...

I'd be happy to see her with you. Do you have a good long-distance broom? Just follow the Schuykill to the museum---I'll wait on the steps for you, maybe even signalling with those wand-thingies if you want ;-).
I guess San Francisco would be the closest for you...is that a possibility?

swamp witch said...

You have a surprise waiting for you at my place.

neroli said...

:-)!

The Artist formerly Known as Purpleworms (!) said...

I notice this exhibit is organized by the Walker. How interesting!

neroli said...

Yes!---I thought of someone Extra-Special when I saw that...