Do the humanities ennoble?
If it were true, the most generous, patient, good-hearted and honest people on earth would be the members of literature and philosophy departments ...
That got me thinking, but not the same direction as the various articles and commentaries on that editorial.
Instead, what does ennoble, what makes people patient, good-hearted, honest and generous?
I think it is service and action, rather than study, but I'm looking for input about what caused people to be the kind of people they are happy to be.
BTW, I've accepted an invitation to start blogging on religion at http://mormonmatters.org/
"must have a deep and abiding love" and "All discussion must be respectful ..."
I've finished my first two posts (I'm committed to weekly posts) and have outlines a couple-three more solidly. Now I just have to learn how to upload them to the format there. If I do well, I'll graduate from permanent guest to permanent group blogger.
This blog will go back to more relationship/grief/life posts.
BTW, a great book that teaches people things they wish they had known:
The Grandmother Principles
by Suzette Haden Elgin
My own mother thinks of it as the best book for how to be a grandmother that she has ever seen (well, the only one, but she loves the book).